Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 March 2013

168 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719090165

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Orphan texts

Victorians, orphans, culture and empire

Laura Peters

Published by Manchester University Press

  • One of the first studies of its kind to look at the presence of the key figure of the orphan in Victorian literature
  • Focuses attention on both canonical texts - Dickens, Bronte, George Eliot - and lesser known but popular contemporary works
  • The orphan was often seen as transgressive and 'other', and worked against the Victorian hegemony of the idea of the family: Peters explains how important this was
  • Astute, well-written, wide-ranging, Orphan texts is an excellent introduction for students and academics of Victorian literature
  • Examines lesser known works as well as canonical texts, including Dickens, Brontë and George Eliot

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