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Life After Death Widows And The English Novel, Defoe To Austen
978-1-61149-277-4 • Hardback
November 2005 • $70.00 • (£44.95)
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Pages: 218
Size: 6 1/2 x 9 3/4
By Karen Bloom Gevirtz
Literary Criticism | Reference
University Press Copublishing Division | University of Delaware
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.
Karen Bloom Gevirtz is assistant professor of English at Seton Hall University