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The Brother-Sister Culture in Nineteenth-Century Literature

From Austen to Woolf

  • Valerie Sanders

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 186-223

About this book

Introduction

This book argues that brother-sister relationships, idealized by the Romantics, intensified in nineteenth-century English domestic culture, and is a neglected key to understanding Victorian gender relations. Attracted by the apparent purity of the sibling bond, novelists and poets also acknowledged its innate ambivalence and instability, through conflicting patterns of sublimated devotion, revenge fantasy, and corrosive obsession. The final chapter shows how the brother-sister bond was permanently changed by the experience of the First World War.

Keywords

English literature gender Jane Austen novel Romanticism Victorian era women Woolf

Authors and affiliations

  • Valerie Sanders
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HullUK

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