Adventures in domesticity : gender and colonial adulteration in eighteenth-century British literature /
by Sharon Harrow.
New York : AMS Press, 2004.
vii, 265 p.
0404635458 (alk. paper)
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New York : AMS Press, 2004.
0404635458 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-260) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Sharon Harrow is Assistant Professor of English at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-03-01:
Looking at the impact of colonial exploitation on the domestic home space of England and its representation in literature, Harrow (Shippensburg Univ.) applies postcolonial and feminist theory to issues of female sexuality and labor, and to the conflicting values of imperialist financial gain and its potential adulteration of English virtue. The author builds on and critiques work by Nancy Armstrong (Desire and Domestic Fiction, CH, Nov'87), Edward Said (Culture and Imperialism, CH, Jul'93, 30-6309), and Felicity Nussbaum (Torrid Zones: Maternity, Sexuality, and Empire in Eighteenth-Century English Narratives, CH, May'96, 33-4982). She provides close readings of Defoe's Captain Singleton, Richard Cumberland's The West Indian, women's travel writing, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as intertextual discourses of colonialism and domesticity. Some of these readings work better than others. The essay on Mansfield Park is a useful analysis of an important subtext of the novel, but the treatment of Frankenstein is a bit of a stretch. Harrow is a clear, accessible, and sometimes breezy ("But the Monster is no dummy") writer, and she provides a look at an interesting area of 18th- and early-19th-century English culture and literature. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. H. Benoist Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
"Homely Adventures": Domesticity, Adulteration, and Cultural Mixing in Daniel Defoe's Captain Singletonp. 27
Domesticating the Colonial Heart: Sentimentalizing Colonial Difference in Richard Cumberland's The West Indianp. 77
Domesticating the Colony: Dramatizing Domesticity in Women's Travel Writingp. 109
"A great deal better employed doing nothing": The Role of Female Labor and the Danger of Difference in Jane Austen's Mansfield Parkp. 159
Conclusion: Monstrous Adventures in Domesticity: Miscegenation and Englishness in Mary Shelley's Frankensteinp. 204
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 261
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