Familiar violence : gender and social upheaval in the novels of Frances Burney /
Barbara Zonitch.
Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1997.
167 p. ; 24 cm.
0874136180 (alk. paper)
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Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1997.
0874136180 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-164) and index.
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From the outset Zonitch (Rutgers Univ.) places this feminist study in the context of numerous other studies of Burney, many of them also feminist, but she quickly establishes her unique perspective. The introduction provides an excellent overview of the conditions of social change in the late 18th century while arguing that "Burney's preoccupation with violence originates in the fear that the death of aristocratic social domination subjects women to the escalating violence of the modern world.... [T]he choice for women is an untenable one ... between the harsh and even violent restraints of aristocratic rule and the alternative forms of violence created by newer versions of social control." Zonitch's definition of "violence" is broad, ranging from "sexual and physical abuse" to "emotional violation." Devoting one chapter to each of Burney's four novels, she not only demonstrates the interrelation among them, but also analyzes each in terms of the "progression" of Burney's major themes. Throughout, the discussion is mercifully free of current critical jargon, which makes this volume suitable for upper-division undergraduates as well as researchers and faculty. J. E. Steiner; Drew University
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Zonitch argues that Burney's preoccupation with violence originates in her fear that the demise of aristocratic social domination, though freeing women from its systemic abuses, nevertheless exposes them to the less predictable violence of modern life. The author demonstrates that Burney's novels, each one in dialogue with the others, compose a series whose comprehensive aim is to investigate various modern social "replacements" for aristocratic protection.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introduction: Social Transformations: The Crisis of the Aristocracy and the Status of Womenp. 13
Evelina and the Politics of Nostalgiap. 35
Cecilia's New Paternalism: The Promise of Women's Communitiesp. 59
Mannerly Violence: Camilla and the New Patriarchyp. 85
Evelina Redux: The Wanderer and the Revolutionp. 113
Notesp. 139
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 165
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