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Introduction: The Family Metaphor

  • Barbara LeonardiEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)

Abstract

The introduction sets the volume in conversation with current research on nineteenth-century cultural constructions of gender, class, and race, providing an intersectional discussion of such categories—usually addressed separately or only marginally from an intersectional point of view. It then summarises the chapters, highlighting that the family metaphor is an ideological tool which has been informing ideas of gender, class, and race since the end of the eighteenth century, when Edmund Burke first used it in his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) to articulate his ideal of the white, middle-class family on which Britain had to base its national and imperial relationships. The multiple disciplinary approaches explore the family metaphor from various angles, illuminating how it is legitimised, naturalised, challenged, resisted, and re-imagined.

Keywords

Family metaphor Intersection of gender, class, and race Intersectionality Edmund Burke 

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