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Folklore in British Literature

Naming and Narrating in Women’s Fiction, 1750-1880

by Sarah R. Wakefield (Author)
Monographs XII, 178 Pages

Summary

Folklore provides a metaphor for insecurity in British women’s writing published between 1750 and 1880. When characters feel uneasy about separations between races, classes, or sexes, they speak of mermaids and «Cinderella» to make threatening women unreal and thus harmless. Because supernatural creatures change constantly, a name or story from folklore merely reinforces fears about empire, labor, and desire. To illustrate these fascinating rhetorical strategies, this book explores works by Sarah Fielding, Ann Radcliffe, Sydney Owenson, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Anne Thackeray, and Jean Ingelow, pushing our understanding of allusions to folktales, fairy tales, and myths beyond «happily ever after.»

Details

Pages
XII, 178
ISBN (PDF)
9781453909652
ISBN (Hardcover)
9780820463407
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (July)
Tags
Märchen (Motiv) Geschichte 1750-1880 Folklore British literature Fairy tales Englisch Frauenliteratur
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XII, 178 pp., 5 ill.

Biographical notes

Sarah R. Wakefield (Author)

The Author: Sarah R. Wakefield received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is Assistant Professor of English at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Her published articles cover diverse fields, including fan culture, children’s literature, and composition theory.

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