Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins by Carolyn DeverDeath and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins by Carolyn Dever

Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins

byCarolyn Dever

Paperback | November 23, 2006

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Victorian culture is famous for its idealization of mothers and families, yet the popular novels of this period frequently feature mothers who are dead or otherwise absent. Through an analysis of the work of Dickens, Collins, Eliot, Darwin and Woolf, Carolyn Dever discusses this apparent paradox. She shows how the idealized dead mother is fundamental to the Victorians' idea of origins, and later becomes the central figure of Freudian psychoanalysis. Dever demonstrates that Victorian literature and psychoanalysis have much to teach us about each other.
Title:Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of OriginsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:November 23, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521032555

ISBN - 13:9780521032551

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The lady vanishes; 2. Psychoanalytic cannibalism; 3. Broken mirror, broken words: Bleak House; 4. Wilkie Collins and the secret of the mother's plot; 5. Denial, displacement, Deronda; 6. Calling Dr. Darwin; 7. Virginia Woolf's 'Victorian novel'; Notes; Index.

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"...a shrewd and elegant account of the meaning of maternal loss in psychoanalysis..." SEL