The Resource Sisters : relation and rescue in nineteenth-century British novels and paintings, Michael Cohen

Sisters : relation and rescue in nineteenth-century British novels and paintings, Michael Cohen

Label
Sisters : relation and rescue in nineteenth-century British novels and paintings
Title
Sisters
Title remainder
relation and rescue in nineteenth-century British novels and paintings
Statement of responsibility
Michael Cohen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Author Michael Cohen has found in nineteenth-century British paintings and novels depicting sisters a persistent attempt to subvert a stereotypical construction of women - that which neatly divides all women into either whores or "respectable" women. In many paintings and novels, a female transformation of heroic myth opposes the "necessary whore" of this construction with an attempt to erase the sexual difference between the sisters. The agency of this erasure is a heroic rescue of one sister by the other. In both arts the subject of female rescue is resisted and contested. In painting, Cohen discusses evidence for the attempt at erasure of difference in pictures which make the sexually wayward woman and her respectable counterpart similar or identical in appearance. The important female rescue picture does not get painted but is only approached by painters at midcentury. Part of the evidence is the otherwise puzzling ubiquity of twinned women in Victorian painting
  • In novels, the struggle to erase the difference between women whose sexual experience differs started early. Cohen demonstrates that difference and likeness among sisters was first fully exploited by Austen and Ferrier. In Dickens and Collins, the author has found a retrograde movement in the trend toward erasure of women's sexual difference elsewhere apparent. Dickens magnifies sexual difference between women in his families. Collins makes use of sensational displacements of the respectable woman by a counterpart who is stained in some way - if not by prostitution then by the taint of illegitimacy. In both writers, sexual difference between pairs of women is highlighted rather than effaced. Finally, in the sisters novels of Meredith, Gaskell, and Eliot, this study shows that there are rescues performed by sisters and the transformation of male characters into figurative sisters of the protagonists
Cataloging source
DLC
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1943-
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Cohen, Michael
Dewey number
823/.809352042
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR868.S52
LC item number
C64 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English fiction
  • Sisters
  • Women and literature
  • Art and literature
  • Painting, British
  • Sisters in literature
  • Rescues in literature
  • Sisters in art
  • Rescues in art
Label
Sisters : relation and rescue in nineteenth-century British novels and paintings, Michael Cohen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-184) and index
Contents
1. Defining Sisters: Augustus Egg's The Travelling Companions and the Grammar of Sisterhood -- 2. Demythologizing Reynolds: Painting Modern-Life Sisters -- 3. Painted Women and Unpainted Pictures: Secularizing the Imagery of Sisterhood -- 4. Looking-Glass Arts: Connecting Paintings and Novels -- 5. First Sisters in Ferrier, Austen, and Scott -- 6. Sisters in the Perturbed Families of Dickens -- 7. Looking-Glass Women: Rescue and Displacement in Collins -- 8. Sisters, Sexual Difference, and the Underclass in Meredith's Rhoda Fleming (1865) -- 9. Healthy Relations: Nursing Sisters in Gaskell's "Every-Day" Stories -- 10. Reform and Rescue in Middlemarch (1872)
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
187 p.
Isbn
9780838635551
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94014414
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u937466-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJH-3957
  • 02714
  • (OCoLC)30076933
Label
Sisters : relation and rescue in nineteenth-century British novels and paintings, Michael Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-184) and index
Contents
1. Defining Sisters: Augustus Egg's The Travelling Companions and the Grammar of Sisterhood -- 2. Demythologizing Reynolds: Painting Modern-Life Sisters -- 3. Painted Women and Unpainted Pictures: Secularizing the Imagery of Sisterhood -- 4. Looking-Glass Arts: Connecting Paintings and Novels -- 5. First Sisters in Ferrier, Austen, and Scott -- 6. Sisters in the Perturbed Families of Dickens -- 7. Looking-Glass Women: Rescue and Displacement in Collins -- 8. Sisters, Sexual Difference, and the Underclass in Meredith's Rhoda Fleming (1865) -- 9. Healthy Relations: Nursing Sisters in Gaskell's "Every-Day" Stories -- 10. Reform and Rescue in Middlemarch (1872)
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
187 p.
Isbn
9780838635551
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94014414
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u937466-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJH-3957
  • 02714
  • (OCoLC)30076933

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