Women and Personal Property in the Victorian Novel

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/602186
Title:
Women and Personal Property in the Victorian Novel
Authors:
Wynne, Deborah
Abstract:
How key changes to the married women’s property laws contributed to new ways of viewing women in society are revealed in Deborah Wynne’s study of literary representations of women and portable property during the period 1850 to 1900. While critical explorations of Victorian women’s connections to the material world have tended to focus on their relationships to commodity culture, Wynne argues that modern paradigms of consumerism cannot be applied across the board to the Victorian period. Until the passing of the 1882 Married Women’s Property Act, many women lacked full property rights; evidence suggests that, for women, objects often functioned not as disposable consumer products but as cherished personal property. Focusing particularly on representations of women and material culture in Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Henry James, Wynne shows how novelists engaged with the vexed question of women’s relationships to property. Suggesting that many of the apparently insignificant items that ‘clutter’ the Victorian realist novel take on new meaning when viewed through the lens of women’s access to material culture and the vagaries of property law, her study opens up new possibilities for interpreting female characters in Victorian fiction and reveals the complex work of ‘thing culture’ in literary texts.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Wynne, D. (2010). Women and Personal Property in the Victorian Novel. Farnham, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication Date:
28-Nov-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/602186
Additional Links:
https://www.routledge.com/products/9780754667667
Type:
Book
Language:
en
Description:
The book was originally published by Ashgate. It is now republished by Routledge.
ISBN:
9780754667667
Sponsors:
AHRC Research Leave Grant AH/G002940/1
Appears in Collections:
English

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWynne, Deborahen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-18T09:23:04Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-18T09:23:04Zen
dc.date.issued2010-11-28en
dc.identifier.citationWynne, D. (2010). Women and Personal Property in the Victorian Novel. Farnham, United Kingdom: Ashgate.en
dc.identifier.isbn9780754667667en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/602186en
dc.descriptionThe book was originally published by Ashgate. It is now republished by Routledge.en
dc.description.abstractHow key changes to the married women’s property laws contributed to new ways of viewing women in society are revealed in Deborah Wynne’s study of literary representations of women and portable property during the period 1850 to 1900. While critical explorations of Victorian women’s connections to the material world have tended to focus on their relationships to commodity culture, Wynne argues that modern paradigms of consumerism cannot be applied across the board to the Victorian period. Until the passing of the 1882 Married Women’s Property Act, many women lacked full property rights; evidence suggests that, for women, objects often functioned not as disposable consumer products but as cherished personal property. Focusing particularly on representations of women and material culture in Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Henry James, Wynne shows how novelists engaged with the vexed question of women’s relationships to property. Suggesting that many of the apparently insignificant items that ‘clutter’ the Victorian realist novel take on new meaning when viewed through the lens of women’s access to material culture and the vagaries of property law, her study opens up new possibilities for interpreting female characters in Victorian fiction and reveals the complex work of ‘thing culture’ in literary texts.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAHRC Research Leave Grant AH/G002940/1en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAshgateen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/products/9780754667667en
dc.subjectVictorian novelsen
dc.subjectVictorian Britainen
dc.subjectMarried Women's Property Actsen
dc.subjectVictorian womenen
dc.subjectCharles Dickensen
dc.subjectGeorge Elioten
dc.subjectHenry Jamesen
dc.subjectpropertyen
dc.titleWomen and Personal Property in the Victorian Novelen
dc.typeBooken
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
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