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A chameleon role : how adoption functions in nineteenth-century British fiction

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dc.contributor.advisor Morgentaler, Goldie
dc.contributor.author Dudley, Shawna L.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-04-25T16:21:25Z
dc.date.available 2007-04-25T16:21:25Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/130
dc.description 150 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en
dc.description.abstract In my thesis I look at adopted characters in nine nineteenth-century works: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning's Aurora Leigh, George Eliot's Silas Marner, Rudyard Kipling's Kim, and both Bleak House and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. From these works we see that the figure of the adopted child both destabilizes and expands the Victorian concept of the family, a concept which the literature of the time was often concerned to reinforce. Since adoption implies the injection of a foreign element into the fabric of family life, it serves to underline the fragility of blood-ties. In this sense, the adopted child functions as a figure of subversion and instability within the heart of the family. But because adoption also implies a looser acceptance of what family means, it may serve to expand the definition of kinship. The tension between these two ideas is dealt with in my thesis. No two novels treat adoption in the same way and the possibilities for adoptive relationships are endless, with potential for good and bad relationships, allegory and realism, expansion and deconstruction of the family. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2001 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Adoption in literature en
dc.subject Family in literature en
dc.subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title A chameleon role : how adoption functions in nineteenth-century British fiction en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Department of English


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