Drawing on texts that range from 18th-century female conduct books and contract theory to modern psychoanalytic case histories and theories of reading, Armstrong shows that the emergence of a particular form of female subjectivity capable of reigning over the household paved the way for the establishment of institutions which today are accepted centers of political power. Neither passive subjects nor embattled rebels, the middle-class women who were authors and subjects of the major tradition of British fiction were among the forgers of a new form of power that worked in, and through, their writing to replace prevailing notions of "identity" with a gender-determined subjectivity.
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Desire and Domestic Fiction. A Political History of the Novel. Nancy Armstrong. In this strikingly original treatment of the rise of the novel, Nancy. "A very interesting look at the relationship between our political system and the novel--it should prove to be a springboard for class discussion."--Robert W.
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Domestic fiction, English -- History and criticism. Literature and society -- Great Britain. Women and literature -- Great Britain. English fiction Special subjects Women Contents Introduction: Pamela The Self Contained: Jane Eyre Modern Men: Shirley and the Fuegians Modern Women: View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Related resource Table of contents at http: