Partings Welded Together: Politics and Desire in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Partings Welded Together

Politics and Desire in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel, 1st Edition

By David E. Musselwhite


286 pages

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First published in 1987, this book engages directly with a selection of major texts from the traditional English literature syllabus and applies some of the techniques from the work of theorists such as Macherey, Balibar, Derrida, Foucault, Lacan and Deleuze. Focusing on questions of class and gender, on the nature of knowledge and power, on the distinction between the public and the private, display and consciousness, the work traces and celebrates the dispersal of Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Mansfield Park, Vanity Fair and the novels of Charles Dickens.

This work will be of interest to those studying nineteenth century English literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction 2. Return to Mansfield Park 3. Frankenstein: the making of the monster 4. Wuthering Heights: the unacceptable texts 5. Notes on a Journey to Vanity Fair 6. Dickens: the commodification of the novelist; Appendix I: Deleuze and Guattari; Appendix II Fredric Jameson: The Political Unconscious; Notes; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century