Rereading Orphanhood: Texts, Inheritance, Kin

Diane Warren* (Editor), Laura Peters (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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Examines literary orphan figures and kinship structures in the nineteenth-century novel

Examines a wide range of canonical and non-canonical authors from the UK, US, Canada, Switzerland
Provides an important and unique contribution to fields of family and kinship studiesIncludes an international, contemporary, critically-informed collection of interesting approaches
Offers an important intervention in the most cutting-edge work on children’s literature and family and kinship studies

Rereading Orphanhood: Texts, Inheritance, Kin explores the ways in which the figure of the literary orphan can be used to illuminate our understanding of the culture and mores of the long nineteenth century, especially those relating to family and kinship. The chapters in the book explore how orphan characters (both child and adult) contribute to discourses of gender, home, inheritance, illegitimacy, notions of the human and the development of the novel across a wide range of canonical and non-canonical texts.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9781474464369
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


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