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Ruth Perry describes the transformation of the English family as a function of several major social changes taking place in the eighteenth century including the development of a market economy and waged labor, enclosure and the redistribution of land, urbanization, the 'rise' of the middle class, and the development of print culture. In particular, Perry traces the shift from a kinship orientation based on blood relations to a kinship axis constituted by conjugal ties as it is revealed in popular literature of the second half of the eighteenth century. Perry focuses particularly on the effect these changes had on women's position in families. She uses social history, literary analysis and anthropological kinship theory to examine texts by Samuel Richardson, Charlotte Lennox, Henry MacKenzie, Frances Burney, Jane Austen, and many others. This important study by a leading eighteenth-century scholar will be of interest to social and literary historians.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521687904
ISBN-10: 052168790X
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Pages: 476
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ruth Perry

Ruth Perry is Professor of Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Books By Author Ruth Perry

Novel Relations by Ruth Perry

Novel Relations

Hardback, August 2004
$166.50