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Caught in the Act

Theatricality in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel

Joseph Litvak (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 304 pages
ISBN: 9780520074545
January 1992
$34.95, £28.00
Litvak demonstrates that private experience in the novels of Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Eliot, and James is a rigorous enactment of a public script that constructs normative gender and class identities. He suggests that the theatricality which pervades these novels enforces social norms while introducing opportunities for novelists to resist them. This approach encourages a rethinking of the genre and its cultural contexts in all their instability and ambivalence.

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