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Monstrous Kinships

Realism and Attachment Theory in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Novel

Jillmarie Murphy

Monstrous Kinships: Realism and Attachment Theory in the Novels of Mary Shelley, Herman Melville, Thomas Hardy, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, and Vladimir Nabokov investigates the connection between realist fiction of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the psychoanalytic approach of John Bowlby's Attachment Theory. Attachment Theory arises from the guiding principles of realism and the veratist's devotion to long-term, direct observation of subject matter. Additionally, because Attachment Theory originated in the field of child psychoanalysis, this book highlights the detrimental effects of parental obsession and abandonment, industrialism, poverty, alcoholism, religious addiction, and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse on child characters. The subject of Monstrous Kinships is timely, as literary critics and theorists as well as creative writers continue to expand their range of inquiry to include the child as primary subject in various treatments of post-colonial and transnational culture. « less more »
University Press Copublishing Division / University of Delaware Press
Pages: 208Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
978-1-61149-050-3 • Hardback • September 2011 • $74.00 • (£49.95)
Jillmarie Murphy is assistant professor of English at Union College. She is the coeditor (with Ronald A. Bosco) of Hawthorne in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by His Family, Friends, and Associates and a contributor to the The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Monstrous Kinships: Attachment and Loss in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Herman Melville's Pierre
Chapter 3 Chapter 2: 'And their ways are filled with thorns': Obsessive Passion and the Despair of Innocence in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure
Chapter 4 Chapter 3: 'Howls and Curses, Groans and Shrieks': Alcoholism and Life's Foreclosed Possibilities in Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
Chapter 5 Chapter 4: 'Sorrow and the Weight of Sin': Religious Obsession in Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy
Chapter 6 Epilogue