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Life After Death

Widows And The English Novel, Defoe To Austen

Karen Bloom Gevirtz

Life after Death shows how representations of the widow in the eighteenth-century novel express attitudes toward emerging capitalism and women's participation in it. Authors responded to the century's instability by using widows, who had the right to act economically and self-interestedly, to teach women that virtue meant foregoing the opportunities that the changing economy offered. Novelists thus helped to create expectations for women that linger today, and established the novel as a cultural arbiter. « less more »
University Press Copublishing Division / University of Delaware Press
Pages: 218Size: 6 1/2 x 9 3/4
978-1-61149-277-4 • Hardback • November 2005 • $74.00 • (£49.95)
Karen Bloom Gevirtz is assistant professor of English at Seton Hall University