The Brother-Sister Culture in Nineteenth-Century Literature

From Austen to Woolf

Authors: Sanders, V.

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This book argues that brother-sister relationships, idealized by the Romantics, intensified in nineteenth-century English domestic culture, and is a neglected key to understanding Victorian gender relations. Attracted by the apparent purity of the sibling bond, novelists and poets also acknowledged its innate ambivalence and instability, through conflicting patterns of sublimated devotion, revenge fantasy, and corrosive obsession. The final chapter shows how the brother-sister bond was permanently changed by the experience of the First World War.

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VALERIE SANDERS is Professor of English Literature at the University of Hull. Previous publications include Reason Over Passion: Harriet Martineau and the Victorian Novel, The Private Lives of Victorian Women: Autobiography in 19th Century England and Eve's Renegades: Victorian Anti-Feminist Women Novelists. She has also edited Harriet Martineau: Selected Letters and Records of Girlhood: Nineteenth-Century Women's Childhoods.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Brother-Sister Culture in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Book Subtitle
From Austen to Woolf
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-51321-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230513211
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-74930-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 223
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