Subjectivities: A History of Self-Representation in Britain, 1832-1920

Hardcover | February 1, 1992

byRegenia Gagnier

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This comparative analysis draws on working-class autobiography, public and boarding school memoirs, and the canonical autobiographies by women and men in the United Kingdom to define subjectivity and value within social class and gender in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain.Gagnier reconsiders traditional distinctions between mind and body, private desire and public good, aesthetics and utility, and fact and value in the context of everyday life.

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A wide-ranging work of unusual conceptual power and original insight, this book convincingly redefines the literary field of 19th- and early 20th- century autobiography to include works, especially those by working-class people, that do not focus in conventional ways on the self.

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This comparative analysis draws on working-class autobiography, public and boarding school memoirs, and the canonical autobiographies by women and men in the United Kingdom to define subjectivity and value within social class and gender in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain.Gagnier reconsiders traditional distinctions betw...

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A wide-ranging work of unusual conceptual power and original insight, this book convincingly redefines the literary field of 19th- and early 20th- century autobiography to include works, especially those by working-class people, that do not focus in conventional ways on the self.

Regenia Gagnier is an Associate Professor of English at Stanford University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.82 × 5.87 × 1.1 inPublished:February 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195060962

ISBN - 13:9780195060966

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A wide-ranging work of unusual conceptual power and original insight, this book convincingly redefines the literary field of 19th- and early 20th- century autobiography to include works, especially those by working-class people, that do not focus in conventional ways on the self.

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"One of the best accounts I have read of the pioneering and still highly interesting work of the great Henry Mayhew."--Sewanee Review