Law and the Brontes (Hardback)
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Law and the Brontes (Hardback)

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Hardback 195 Pages / Published: 12/12/2011
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In its exploration of legal issues presented in novels of the Bronte sisters, this book represents a significant and original contribution to the study, not just of the Brontes and the mid-nineteenth century 'woman's novel', but also the situation of women in nineteenth century English law and the debates which moved around its prospective reform.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230251472
Number of pages: 195
Weight: 442 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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'Ian Ward's revelation of the 'subterranean jurisprudence' of the Bronte novels provides readers of all kinds with a new understanding of the social significance of this powerful group of stories. His engaging, essayistic style opens up the historical meanings and the continuing relevance of the legal issues with which the Brontes engaged. Ward identifies the limitations of marriage and property law, the experience of violence and legal manipulation within the family, and the struggle between social authority and individual resistance as animating concerns of these novels, and as a key to their imaginative power over audiences then and now. This book fills a major gap in the interdisciplinary study of law and literature in nineteenth-century England.' - Kieran Dolin, Chair and Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia

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