All Her Faculties: The Representation of the Female Mind in the Twentieth-Century English Novel by Claudia RosenhanAll Her Faculties: The Representation of the Female Mind in the Twentieth-Century English Novel by Claudia Rosenhan

All Her Faculties: The Representation of the Female Mind in the Twentieth-Century English Novel

byClaudia Rosenhan

Hardcover | February 13, 2014

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All Her Faculties focuses on the perpetuation and reflection in literature of particular representations of the female mind that are entrenched in conservative notions of womanhood. The study highlights literature’s incontrovertible power to create myth - the myth of woman as body, not mind - through social practice as well as discourse. This is accentuated in the divergent yet related roles women as scholars play in a number of fictions that have entered, to a greater or lesser degree, the cultural consciousness of the twentieth century. What emerges is that the female scholar does not portray a ‘normal’ intellect but a transgressive one, based on a cultural understanding of rationality as male-inflected.
New readings of novels by H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence, Dorothy L. Sayers, Kingsley Amis, David Lodge and A. S. Byatt reveal that the female mind, implicated in her outward appearance or inward psychology, is depicted as distorted by scholarship. The female scholar is shown to lack ethos, a moral aspect in relation to action and voice, and the plots of the novels under discussion seem to thrive on this strategic marginalisation of her subjective intellectual being. This study offers original readings of twentieth-century texts through the lens of the female intellect.
Claudia Rosenhan is a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education. She has previously held academic positions in Britain, Switzerland and Australia and has published on a number of early twentieth-century authors, such as James Joyce, Aldous Huxley and D. H. Lawrence.
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Title:All Her Faculties: The Representation of the Female Mind in the Twentieth-Century English NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.98 inPublished:February 13, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034317654

ISBN - 13:9783034317658

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Table of Contents

Contents: The Female Mind – Walking the Tightrope - The Female Mind Emerging in H. G. Wells’s Ann Veronica (1909) – Beyond the Arc Light - The Female Mind at Large in D. H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow (1915) – Sheltered and Secluded - The Female Mind Confined in Dorothy L. Sayers’s Gaudy Night (1935) – Insanity in the Academy - The Female Mind Unhinged in Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim (1954) – Separate Spheres - The Female Mind Retired in David Lodge’s, Nice Work (1988) – Cycles of Continuance - The Female Mind Incarnate in A. S. Byatt’s Possession (1990) – All Her Faculties - The Female Mind as Spectre.