Dickens and the Daughter of the House by Hilary M. SchorDickens and the Daughter of the House by Hilary M. Schor

Dickens and the Daughter of the House

byHilary M. Schor

Paperback | September 24, 2007

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The daughter in Dickens' fiction is considered in this study not as an emblem of tranquil domesticity and the hearth-fire, but as a bearer of cultural values--and as a potentially disruptive force. As the good daughters in his novels (Little Nell, Agnes Wickfield, Esther Summerson, Amy Dorrit) must leave the father's house and enter the wider world, so they transform and rewrite the stories they are empowered to tell. The daughter's secret inheritance, her "portion," is to give Dickens a way of reading and writing his own culture differently.
Title:Dickens and the Daughter of the HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:September 24, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521042631

ISBN - 13:9780521042635


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Making Fictions: 1. The uncanny daughter: Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, and the progress of Little Nell; Part II. On Not Committing Adultery in the Novel: 2. Dombey and Son: the daughter's nothing; 3. Hard Times and A Tale of Two Cities: the social inheritance of adultery; Part III. The Daughter's Portion: 4. Bleak House and the dead mother's property; 5. Amy Dorrit's prison notebooks; Part IV. A Violent Conclusion. 6. In the shadow of Satis House: the woman's story in Great Expectations; 7. Our Mutual Friend and the daughter's book of the dead; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Hilary Schor's Dickens and the Daughter of the House reveals quite another side of Dickens the pretender, the man who writes and thinks like a woman, yet who often takes little delight in that masquerade, indeed who performs it solemnly and even with a certain sadness." Review