Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

Intersections of Gender, Class, and Race in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond

Editors: Leonardi, Barbara (Ed.)

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  • Explores how perceptions of womanhood and motherhood defined the gender expectations of the long nineteenth century
  • Aims to bring together a range of disciplinary approaches to explore the family metaphor from the perspective of queer, feminist, post-colonial theory, history and English literature
  • Looks to unearth the historical roots of the family metaphor in the construction of national and imperial ideologies
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This book explores the intersections of gender with class and race in the construction of national and imperial ideologies and their fluid transformation from the Romantic to the Victorian period and beyond, exposing how these cultural constructions are deeply entangled with the family metaphor. For example, by examining the re-signification of the “angel in the house” and the deviant woman in the context of unstable or contingent masculinities and across discourses of class and nation, the volume contributes to a more nuanced understanding of British cultural constructions in the long nineteenth century. The central idea is to unearth the historical roots of the family metaphor in the construction of national and imperial ideologies, and to uncover the interests served by its specific discursive formation. The book explores both male and female stereotypes, enabling a more perceptive comparison, enriched with a nuanced reflection on the construction and social function of class.

About the authors

Barbara Leonardi earned her AHRC-funded PhD in English Studies from the University of Stirling for which she was awarded “The Professor G. Ross Roy Medal” for the top PhD thesis submitted in 2013. Her AHRC-funded post-doctorate focused on “James Hogg’s Contribution to International Periodicals.” She has published articles and book chapters on James Hogg, Walter Scott and pragmatics linguistics for literature. She is a reviewer for The Year’s Work in English Studies from volume 96 for the section on the Romantic novel.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Family Metaphor

    Leonardi, Barbara

    Pages 1-13

  • Motherhood, Mother Country, and Migrant Maternity

    Leonardi, Barbara

    Pages 17-40

  • “No Crime to Kill a Bastard–Child”: Stereotypes of Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century England and Wales

    Grey, Daniel J. R.

    Pages 41-66

  • The New Woman in Her Confinement: Fin-de-siècle Constructions of Maternity and Motherhood

    Bunting, Kirsty

    Pages 67-89

  • “Another Class”: The Lady’s Maid in Short Stories 1920–1950

    Fenge, Anna

    Pages 93-114

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96770-7
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96769-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intersections of Gender, Class, and Race in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond
Editors
  • Barbara Leonardi
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96770-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96770-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96769-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 328
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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