By Carolyn Dever

ISBN-10: 0521032555

ISBN-13: 9780521032551

ISBN-10: 0521622808

ISBN-13: 9780521622806

The cultural excellent of motherhood in Victorian Britain looks undermined via Victorian novels, which nearly continuously symbolize moms as incapacitated, leaving behind or useless. Carolyn Dever argues that the phenomenon of the lifeless or lacking mom in Victorian narrative is primary to the development of the nice mom as a cultural excellent. Maternal loss is the prerequisite for Victorian representations of household existence, a truth which has particularly complicated implications for ladies. whilst Freud constructs psychoanalytical versions of family members, gender and hope, he too assumes that domesticity starts with the loss of life of the mum. Analysing texts through Dickens, Collins, Eliot, Darwin and Woolf, in addition to Freud, Klein and Winnicott, Dever argues that fictional and theoretical narratives alike use maternal absence to articulate issues approximately gender and illustration. Psychoanalysis has lengthy been used to examine Victorian fiction; Dever contends that Victorian fiction has a lot to educate us approximately psychoanalysis.

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