- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (November 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142140737X
- ISBN-13: 978-1421407371
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Monstrous Motherhood: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity Hardcover – November 26, 2012
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"The virtues of this study are too many to recite here. Francus's work is a pleasure to read; it is thoroughly researched and very carefully planned... Monstrous Motherhood is a significant study with a great deal to add to our understanding of the representation of mothers in the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century."(Jennifer Golightly Women's History Review)
"In short, Francus' book is an important insight into a complex topic. It uncovers fascinating material drawn from both historical and literary sources, delivering an invaluable and compelling study."(Teresa Barnard BARS Bulletin and Review)
"One doesn’t need to be an expert on eighteenth-century literature to appreciate the extent of Marilyn Francus’s study."(Allen Zhang MAKE: A Literary Magazine)
"With her deft interweaving of the literary and historical and expansive overview of a broad number of complex texts, Marilyn Francus develops, through her nuanced readings, our understanding of imperatives and anxieties surrounding the domestic ideal in eighteenth-century Britain. Her book is an invaluable addition to women's studies as well as literature and culture of the eighteenth century."(Tanya M. Caldwell New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century)
"Francus complicates discourses on domesticity prevalent in literary and historical contexts by analyzing texts in various genres written by both male and female authors. In so doing, she rightly asks us to rethink what critics and theorists have called "domestic ideology.""(Natalia Roxburgh Eighteenth-Century Fiction)
"Francus's readings employ a broadly psychoanalytical hermeneutic, with much interesting textual, contextual, and critical matter."(Years Work in English Studies)
"This book is an excellent study of how the public in the eighteenth century thought about and imagined motherhood. It is a canny and innovative intervention in some of the most important scholarly debates over this period and should reshape the ways in which domestic ideology and the feminine subject are theorized and historicized in the field of eighteenth-century studies."(Kristina Straub, Carnegie Mellon University)
"Marilyn Francus's Monstrous Motherhood is a meticulously researched and comprehensive study that will change the way our field discusses domesticity and is essential reading for scholars of literature, women's studies, and cultural studies."(Phyllis Ann Thompson ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts)
"In Monstrous Motherhood, Marilyn Francus offers a provocative examination of 18th-century domestic ideology... In the way of groundbreaking studies, Monstrous Motherhood is replete with intriguing opportunities for future work."(Karen Gevirtz Wordsworth Circle)
"Marilyn Francus's Monstrous Motherhood is a wide-reaching, deeply researched and vitally important look at the construction of motherhood."(The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer)
About the Author
Marilyn Francus is a professor of English at West Virginia University. She is author of The Converting Imagination: Linguistic Theory and Swift's Satiric Prose and editor of the Burney Journal.
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