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Gone Girls, 1684-1901

Flights of Feminist Resistance in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel
Nora Gilbert(Autor*in)
Oxford University Press
Erschienen am 3. Juni 2023
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In Gone Girls, 1684-1901, Nora Gilbert argues that the persistent trope of female characters running away from some iteration of 'home' played a far more influential role in the histories of both the rise of the novel and the rise of modern feminism than previous accounts have acknowledged. For as much as the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novel may have worked to establish the private, middle-class, domestic sphere as the rightful (and sole) locus of female authority in the ways that prior critics have outlined, it was also continually showing its readers female characters who refused to buy into such an agenda-refusals which resulted, strikingly often, in those characters' physical flights from home. The steady current of female flight coursing through this body of literature serves as a powerful counterpoint to the ideals of feminine modesty and happy homemaking it was expected officially to endorse, and challenges some of novel studies' most accepted assumptions. Just as the #MeToo movement has used the tool of repeated, aggregated storytelling to take a stand against contemporary rape culture, Gone Girls, 1684-1901 identifies and amplifies a recurrent strand of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British storytelling that served both to emphasize the prevalence of gendered injustices throughout the period and to narrativize potential ways and means for readers facing such injustices to rebel, resist, and get out.
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Nora Gilbert is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Texas, where she jointly specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and twentieth-century American film. She is the author of Better Left Unsaid: Victorian Novels, Hays Code Censorship, and the Benefits of Censorship (2013) and has published articles in such journals as PMLA, Film & History, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Review, Eighteenth-Century Life, and JNT: The Journal of Narrative Theory. Since 2017, she has served as editor-in-chief of Studies in the Novel.
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  • Gone Girls, 1684-1901: Flights of Feminist Resistance in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contents
  • Introduction: Flight as Fight
  • 1. The Rise of the Runaway-Woman Novelist
  • 1.1 Aphra Behn
  • 1.2 Delarivier Manley
  • 1.3 Eliza Haywood
  • 2. Running with Feeling
  • 2.1 Samuel Richardson
  • 2.2 Sarah Fielding
  • 2.3 Charlotte Lennox
  • 2.4 Sarah Scott
  • 3. It Was a Dark and Stormy Flight
  • 3.1 Ann Radcliffe
  • 3.2 Mary Wollstonecraft
  • 3.3 Frances Burney
  • 4. The Ones Without the Manners
  • 4.1 Jane Austen
  • 4.2 Elizabeth Gaskell
  • 4.3 William Makepeace Thackeray
  • 4.4 Charles Dickens
  • 5. Lilith on the Moors, Lilith on the Floss, Lilith on the Heath
  • 5.1 The Brontës
  • 5.2 George Eliot
  • 5.3 Thomas Hardy
  • 6. Fear of the Fast Young Lady
  • 6.1 Ellen Wood
  • 6.2 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • 6.3 Wilkie Collins
  • 7. The New Runaway-Woman Novelist
  • 7.1 Mona Caird
  • 7.2 Sarah Grand
  • 7.3 George Egerton
  • Epilogue: Gone Girls in Hollywood
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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