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The Resource Telling complexions : the nineteenth-century English novel and the blush, Mary Ann O'Farrell

Telling complexions : the nineteenth-century English novel and the blush, Mary Ann O'Farrell

Label
Telling complexions : the nineteenth-century English novel and the blush
Title
Telling complexions
Title remainder
the nineteenth-century English novel and the blush
Statement of responsibility
Mary Ann O'Farrell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Telling Complexions Mary Ann O'Farrell explores the frequent use of "the blush" in Victorian novels as a sign of characters' inner emotions and desires. Through lively and textured readings of works by such writers as Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, and Henry James, O'Farrell illuminates literature's relation to the body and the body's place in culture. In the process, she plots a trajectory for the nineteenth-century novel's shift from the practices of manners to the mode of self-consciousness." "Although the blush was used to tell the truth of character and body, O'Farrell shows how it is actually undermined as a stable indicator of character in novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, North and South, and David Copperfield. She reveals how the writers of these novels then moved on in search of other bodily indicators of mortification and desire, among them the swoon, the scar, and the blunder. Providing unique and creative insights into the constructedness of the body and its semiotic play in literature and in culture, Telling Complexions includes parallel examples of the blush in contemporary culture and describes ways that textualized bodies are sometimes imagined to resist the constraints imposed by such construction."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
O'Farrell, Mary Ann
Dewey number
823/.809353
Index
index present
LC call number
PR868.B58
LC item number
O34 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Blushing in literature
  • Psychological fiction, English
  • Women and literature
  • Psychology in literature
  • Emotions in literature
  • English fiction
  • Austen, Jane
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
  • Dickens, Charles
Label
Telling complexions : the nineteenth-century English novel and the blush, Mary Ann O'Farrell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [145]-178) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The Mechanics of Confusion
  • 1.
  • Austen's Blush: Pride and Prejudice
  • 2.
  • Mortifying Persuasions, or the Worldliness of Jane Austen
  • 3.
  • Gaskell's Blunders: North and South
  • 4.
  • Dickens's Scar: Rosa Dartle and David Copperfield
Control code
35292786
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
182 pages
Isbn
9780822319030
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96038211
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Telling complexions : the nineteenth-century English novel and the blush, Mary Ann O'Farrell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [145]-178) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The Mechanics of Confusion
  • 1.
  • Austen's Blush: Pride and Prejudice
  • 2.
  • Mortifying Persuasions, or the Worldliness of Jane Austen
  • 3.
  • Gaskell's Blunders: North and South
  • 4.
  • Dickens's Scar: Rosa Dartle and David Copperfield
Control code
35292786
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
182 pages
Isbn
9780822319030
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96038211
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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