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The Resource Unbecoming women : British women writers and the novel of development, Susan Fraiman

Unbecoming women : British women writers and the novel of development, Susan Fraiman

Label
Unbecoming women : British women writers and the novel of development
Title
Unbecoming women
Title remainder
British women writers and the novel of development
Statement of responsibility
Susan Fraiman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Is there a "female Bildungsroman"? Can the story of Elizabeth Bennet's development be yoked to a genre conceived in terms of Wilhelm Meister and David Copperfield? Unbecoming Women unpacks the ideological baggage of the Bildungsroman, and turns to novels of development and conduct books by women for a new poetics of growing up." "In subtle readings of works by Frances Burney, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and George Elliot, Susan Fraiman argues that a heroine's progress toward masterful selfhood is by no means assured. Focusing on "counternarratives" in which girls do not enter the world so much as flounder on its doorstep, Fraiman suggests that becoming a woman involves de-formation, disorientation, and the loss of authority." "By stressing the rival stories in a single text, Unbecoming Women provides a fresh assessment of the Bildungsroman. Instead of the usual question - "How does the hero of this novel come of age?"--Fraiman asks "What are the divergent developmental narratives at work, and what can they tell us about competing ideologies concerning the feminine?"" "Written with grace and theoretical mastery, Unbecoming Women emphasizes the subversive as well as dialectical aspects of a genre long considered homogeneous. The result is a compelling work of literary criticism that, charting female destiny in Georgian and Victorian texts, also post-modernizes the novel of development."--Jacket
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DLC
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Fraiman, Susan
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Gender and culture
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  • English fiction
  • Psychological fiction, English
  • Women and literature
  • Maturation (Psychology) in literature
  • Bildungsromans, English
  • Bildungsromans
Label
Unbecoming women : British women writers and the novel of development, Susan Fraiman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Control code
26363546
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 189 pages
Isbn
9780231080019
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92026024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1491127
Label
Unbecoming women : British women writers and the novel of development, Susan Fraiman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Control code
26363546
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 189 pages
Isbn
9780231080019
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92026024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1491127

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