Woman and the Demon by Nina Auerbach
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Woman and the Demon
By Nina Auerbach

Woman and the Demon

The Life of a Victorian Myth

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Woman and the Demon by Nina Auerbach

Book Description

Here is a bold new vision of Victorian culture: a study of myths of womanhood that shatters the usual generalizations about the squeezed, crushed, and ego-less Victorian woman. Through copious examples drawn from literature, art, and biography, Auerbach reconstructs three central paradigms: the angel/demon, the old maid, and the fallen woman. She shows how these animate a pervasive Victorian vision of a mobile female outcast with divine and demonic powers. Fear of such disruptive, self-creating figures, Auerbach argues, produces the approved ideal of the dutiful, family-bound woman. The awe they inspire associates them with characters in literature, the only vehicles of immortality in whom most Victorians could unreservedly believe. Auerbach looks at a wonderful variety of sources: Svengali, Dracula, and Freud; poets and major and minor novelists Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, and Ruskin; lives of women, great and unknown; Anglican sisterhoods and Magdalen homes; bardolatry and the theater; Pre- Raphaelite paintings and contemporary cartoons and book illustrations. Reinterpreting a medley of fantasies, she demonstrates that female powers inspired a vivid myth central to the spirit of the age.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674954076
ISBN-10: 0674954076
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 161mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1982
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nina Auerbach

Nina Auerbach is Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania.

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