Death and the Mother From Dickens to Freud

Death and the Mother From Dickens to Freud

Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins

eBook - 1998
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Cambridge Univ Pr
An exploration of the idealized figure of the dead mother in Victorian fiction and Freudian psychoanalysis.
Victorian culture is famous for its idealization of mothers and families, yet the popular novels of this period frequently feature mothers who are dead or otherwise absent. Through an analysis of the work of Dickens, Collins, Eliot, Darwin and Woolf, Carolyn Dever discusses this apparent paradox. She shows how the idealized dead mother is fundamental to the Victorians' idea of origins, and later becomes the central figure of Freudian psychoanalysis. Dever demonstrates that Victorian literature and psychoanalysis have much to teach us about each other.

Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780511003615
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 233 pages)


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