Hows the ways in which The Story of O is a lineal descendant
of the sentimental in its technical sense novel. Ounded on the daughter the sentimental in its technical sense novel. Ounded on the daughter can’t say yes but doesn’t say no The Story of O reveals the pornographic dimension in romantic and sentimental love In her conclusion Zwinger offers an overview of the nineteenth century novel asking what difference it makes when the writer is a daughter She shows how the daughter’s family romance pictures the father as inadeuate ironically reuiring the Sentimental Daughter As A daughter as a prop She develops a useful concept of hysteria and argues that generic “disorder” and hysterical “intrusions” mark the family romance novels of Jane Austen Emily and Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot And finally she makes the case that the daughter’s choice to stay home is not necessarily an act of simple complicity for BY STAYING HOME SHE COMES AS CLOSE AS SHE staying home she comes as close as she to disrupting the father daughter roman. Zwinger s texts are Clarissa Dombey and Son Little Women The Golden Bowl and The Story of O along wi. Daughters Fathers and the Novel is a provocative study of the father daughter story a neglected dimension of the family romance It has important implications for the history of the novel for our understanding of key texts in that history and for theories concerning the representation of gender family relations and heterosexuality in Western culture In the English and American novel argues Lynda Zwinger “the good woman” is a father’s daughter constructed to the very particular specifications of an omnipresent and unvoiced
Paternal Desire” Zwinger Supports Her Case With desire” Zwinger supports her case with analysis of both “high brow” and “low brow” novels and with ingenious textual analyses of five novels Clarissa Harlowe Dombey and Son Little Women The Golden Bowl and The Story of O In the dominant discourse of Anglo American culture. .
Summary Daughters Fathers and the Novel The Sentimental Romance of Heterosexuality.
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George Eliot And what s brilliant about this book is that it The father’s daughter provides the cornerstone for theEliot And what s brilliant about this book is that it The father’s daughter provides the cornerstone for the difice of domesticity and the alibi for patriarchal desire Zwinger’s analysis of the sexual politics mbodied in the figure of this sentimental daughter raises compelling critical and cultural issues Zwinger shows how different readings of Clarissa’s story form a sentimental composite that makes her available in
PERPETUITY TO HETEROSEXUAL DESIRE DOMBEY ANDto heterosexual desire Dombey and illuminates the rotic dimension of the sentimental the titillation always inherent in the spectacle of virtue in distress Zwinger’s analysis of Little Women in the context of Louisa May Alcott’s own life text focuses upon the problems of a daughter trying to write the filial romance The Golden Bowl deploys the daughter of sentiment as a “cover story” for a feminine version of the Oedipal story