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The Resource Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, Mary Jean Corbett

Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, Mary Jean Corbett

Label
Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf
Title
Family likeness
Title remainder
sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf
Statement of responsibility
Mary Jean Corbett
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In nineteenth-century England, marriage between first cousins was both legally permitted and perfectly acceptable. After mid-century, laws did not explicitly penalize sexual relationships between parents and children, between siblings, or between grandparents and grandchildren. But for a widower to marry his deceased wife's sister was illegal on the grounds that it constituted incest. That these laws and the mores they reflect strike us today as wrongheaded indicates how much ideas about kinship, marriage, and incest have changed. In Family Likeness, Mary Jean Corbett shows how the domestic fiction of novelists including Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Virginia Woolf reflected the shifting boundaries of "family" and even helped refine those borders. Corbett takes up historically contingent and culturally variable notions of who is and is not a relative and whom one can and cannot marry. Her argument is informed by legal and political debates; texts in sociology and anthropology; and discussions on the biology of heredity, breeding, and eugenics. In Corbett's view, marriage within families-between cousins, in-laws, or adoptees-offered Victorian women, both real and fictional, an attractive alternative to romance with a stranger, not least because it allowed them to maintain and strengthen relations with other women within the family. - Publisher's description
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Corbett, Mary Jean
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Austen, Jane
  • Brontë, Charlotte
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Austen, Jane
  • Brontë, Charlotte
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Austen, Jane
  • Brontë, Charlotte
  • Eliot, George
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • English fiction
  • English fiction
  • Families in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Marriage in literature
  • Incest in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • English fiction
  • English fiction
  • Families in literature
  • Incest in literature
  • Marriage in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Familie
  • Sexualität
Label
Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, Mary Jean Corbett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-257) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making and breaking the rules : an introduction -- "Cousins in love, &c." in Jane Austen -- Husband, wife, and sister : making and unmaking the early Victorian family -- Orphan stories : adoption and affinity in Charlotte Brontë -- Intercrossing, interbreeding, and The mill on the Floss -- Fictive kinship and natural affinities in Wives and daughters -- Virginia Woolf and Victorian "incests."
Control code
ocn726824313
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 264 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801459955
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
40016055623
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4srdh
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824313
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, Mary Jean Corbett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-257) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making and breaking the rules : an introduction -- "Cousins in love, &c." in Jane Austen -- Husband, wife, and sister : making and unmaking the early Victorian family -- Orphan stories : adoption and affinity in Charlotte Brontë -- Intercrossing, interbreeding, and The mill on the Floss -- Fictive kinship and natural affinities in Wives and daughters -- Virginia Woolf and Victorian "incests."
Control code
ocn726824313
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 264 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801459955
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
40016055623
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4srdh
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824313
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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