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The Female Narrator in the British Novel

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lisa Sternlieb
    Pages 1-16
  3. Lisa Sternlieb
    Pages 17-38
  4. Lisa Sternlieb
    Pages 39-51
  5. Lisa Sternlieb
    Pages 52-74
  6. Lisa Sternlieb
    Pages 75-105
  7. Lisa Sternlieb
    Pages 106-131
  8. Lisa Sternlieb
    Pages 132-159
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 160-177

About this book


The Female Narrator in the British Novel studies first-person narratives and demonstrates that how a woman tells her story is crucial to our understanding of its content, for a novel's mode of narration frequently undermines its ostensible plot. Analyzing relationships between the sexes in terms of battles for narrative authority, Sternlieb argues for a rethinking of the history of the marriage plot.


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About the authors

LISA STERNLIEB is Professor of English at Wake Forest University. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Princeton University.

Bibliographic information


'This book is well researched...' - R.T. Van Arsdel, Choice