Eros and Psyche (Routledge Revivals): The Representation of Personality in Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, George Eliot

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Routledge, 3. jun. 2014 - 214 sider

How does Victorian fiction represent personality? How does it express emotion and how does it imagine the mind? These questions stand at the centre of Eros and Psyche, first published in 1984. In examining how three authors – Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens and George Eliot – depict the mind and organise emotion, Chase approaches their works as expressive structures, and analyses their struggle to accommodate rival imperatives in depicting personality: desire and duty, guilt and innocence, love and autonomy.

The title begins with Brontë’s early Angrian tales, which introduce the problem that unifies the book: the attempt of Victorian fiction to escape the constraints of the romance mode, while assimilating its energies. There follow readings of The Pickwick Papers, Jane Eyre, Bleak House, and Middlemarch, in the light of such problems as confinement and exposure in Brontë, tragic doubt in Dickens, and the image of the moral mind in George Eliot.

 

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Introduction
1
1 Brontës romance
7
2 Personality in a Pickwickian sense
25
3 Jane Eyres interior design
47
4 Where is Jane Eyre?
66
plot character and the tragic sense
92
6 Family feeling in a Bleak House
112
7 Mind and body in Middlemarch
136
8 The cygnet in the pond the current in the mind
163
Conclusion
188
Notes
193
Index
210
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