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The Resource Death and the mother from Dickens to Freud : Victorian fiction and the anxiety of origins, Carolyn Dever

Death and the mother from Dickens to Freud : Victorian fiction and the anxiety of origins, Carolyn Dever

Label
Death and the mother from Dickens to Freud : Victorian fiction and the anxiety of origins
Title
Death and the mother from Dickens to Freud
Title remainder
Victorian fiction and the anxiety of origins
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn Dever
Title variation
Death & the Mother from Dickens to Freud
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The cultural ideal of motherhood in Victorian Britain seems to be undermined by Victorian novels, which almost always represent mothers as incapacitated, abandoning or dead. Carolyn Dever argues that the phenomenon of the dead or missing mother in Victorian narrative is central to the construction of the good mother as a cultural ideal. Maternal loss is the prerequisite for Victorian representations of domestic life, a fact which has especially complex implications for women. When Freud constructs psychoanalytical models of family, gender and desire, he too assumes that domesticity begins with the death of the mother. Analysing texts by Dickens, Collins, Eliot, Darwin and Woolf, as well as Freud, Klein and Winnicott, Dever argues that fictional and theoretical narratives alike use maternal absence to articulate concerns about gender and representation. Psychoanalysis has long been used to analyse Victorian fiction; Dever contends that Victorian fiction has much to teach us about psychoanalysis
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Cataloging source
UkCbUP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dever, Carolyn.
Dewey number
823/.8093520431
Index
index present
LC call number
PR878.M69
LC item number
D48 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture
Series volume
17
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Mothers in literature
  • Psychoanalysis and literature
  • Literature and society
  • Women and literature
  • Psychological fiction, English
  • Maternal deprivation in literature
  • Motherhood in literature
  • Sex role in literature
  • Death in literature
Label
Death and the mother from Dickens to Freud : Victorian fiction and the anxiety of origins, Carolyn Dever
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Publication
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The lady vanishes -- Psychoanalytic cannibalism -- Broken mirror, broken wor-s: Bleak house -- Wilkie Collins and the secret of the mother's plot -- Denial, displacement, Deronda -- Calling Dr. Darwin --Virginia Woolf's "Victorian novel."
Control code
CR9780511585302
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 233 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780521032551
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Death and the mother from Dickens to Freud : Victorian fiction and the anxiety of origins, Carolyn Dever
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The lady vanishes -- Psychoanalytic cannibalism -- Broken mirror, broken wor-s: Bleak house -- Wilkie Collins and the secret of the mother's plot -- Denial, displacement, Deronda -- Calling Dr. Darwin --Virginia Woolf's "Victorian novel."
Control code
CR9780511585302
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 233 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780521032551
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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