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Title:
Victorian families in fact and fiction
Author:
Kane, Penny.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
xiii, 172 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312125172
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR878.D65 K36 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Using biographies, letters, diaries, demographic data, and dozens of Victorian novels, this well-written book presents statistical, personal, and imaginative records of changes in family size as well as in education, economy, and social organization in 19th-century Britain. Discussing novels by Austen, all three Bront"e sisters, Dickens, Eliot, Gaskell, Hardy, Kipling, Meredith, Thackeray, Trollope (18 of his novels), and many others, Kane shows how the novels reflect practices and attitudes about the institution of the family. Kane's use of historical sources (contemporary records and scholarly works) relates these issues to economic changes encompassing the industrialized economy, depressions, and technology (including birth control). The range of literary reference and the specificity of the historical framework contribute to the book's considerable value for students of British literature, culture, and history. The clarity of the prose adds to the book's interest for general readers. Substantial bibliography and index. Recommended for public and academic libraries alike. T. Hoagwood; Texas A&M University


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Family Fluidity
Time and Thought
Visions of Childhood
Literacy and Learning
The Single Girl
Love and Marriage
Births and Babies
Fertility Limitation
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index

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