Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth (Paperback)
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Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 01/07/1990
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Here is a bold new vision of Victorianculture: a study of myths of womanhoodthat shatters the usual generalizationsabout the squeezed, crushed, and ego-less Victorian woman.

Through copious examples drawn fromliterature, art, and biography, Auerbachreconstructs three central paradigms: the angel/demon, the old maid, and thefallen woman. She shows how these animate a pervasive Victorian vision of amobile female outcast with divine anddemonic powers. Fear of such disruptive, self-creating figures, Auerbach argues, produces the approved ideal of thedutiful, family-bound woman. The awethey inspire associates them with characters in literature, the only vehicles ofimmortality in whom most Victorianscould unreservedly believe.

Auerbach looks at a wonderful variety ofsources: Svengali, Dracula, and Freud;poets and major and minor novelistsCarlyle, John Stuart Mill, and Ruskin;lives of women, great and unknown;Anglican sisterhoods and Magdalenhomes; bardolatry and the theater; Pre- Raphaelite paintings and contemporarycartoons and book illustrations. Reinterpreting a medley of fantasies, she demonstratesthat female powers inspired a vivid mythcentral to the spirit of the age.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674954076
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 16 mm

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