Confessional Subjects: Revelations of Gender and Power in Victorian Literature and Culture


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My reading of Gallop and Schneiderman reading Lacan marked an early recognition of how confessional modes replicate gendered power relations, yet my abiding fascination with different forms of confession--from my childhood when I accompanied a Catholic friend to church on Saturday afternoons and waited while she disappeared into the confessional booth--has been too ex-.

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Synopsis Susan Bernstein examines the gendered power relationships embedded in confessional literature of the Victorian period. Exploring this dynamic in Charlotte Bronta's Villette , Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret , George Eliot's Daniel Deronda , and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles , she argues that although women's disclosures to male confessors repeatedly depict wrongdoing committed against them, they themselves are viewed as the transgressors.

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Bernstein emphasizes the secularization of confession, but she also places these narratives within the context of the anti-Catholic tract literature of the time. Based on cultural criticism, poststructuralism, and feminist theory, Bernstein's analysis constitutes a reassessment of Freud's and Foucault's theories of confession.

In addition, her study of the anti-Catholic propaganda of the mid-nineteenth century and its portrayal of confession provides historical background to the meaning of domestic confessions in the literature of the second half of the century. Ships from UK in 48 hours or less usually same day. Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, but in good overall condition. We are a wo Near Fine.


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