The Novel of Female Adultery

The novel of adultery is a nineteenth-century form about the experience of women, produced almost exclusively by men. Bill Overton's study is the first to address the gender implications of this form, and the first to write its history.

Author: Bill Overton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349251735

Category: Fiction

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The novel of adultery is a nineteenth-century form about the experience of women, produced almost exclusively by men. Bill Overton's study is the first to address the gender implications of this form, and the first to write its history. The opening chapter defines the terms 'adultery' and 'novel of adultery', and discusses how the form arose in Continental Europe, but failed to appear in Britain. Successive chapters deal with its development in France, and with examples from Russia, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Portugal.
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Fictions of Female Adultery 1684 1890

This book discusses how novels of adultery have been theorized, argues its own theoretical perspective, and analyzes two 'circumtexts' of the fiction of female adultery: its pre-history in eighteenth-century Britain, and its decline during ...

Author: B. Overton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230286207

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

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Women's adultery provides many of the plots that run through nineteenth-century European fiction. This book discusses how novels of adultery have been theorized, argues its own theoretical perspective, and analyzes two 'circumtexts' of the fiction of female adultery: its pre-history in eighteenth-century Britain, and its decline during the Naturalist period in France. It is the first dedicated study of the theory of the novel of adultery, and of the representation of adultery in earlier British and later nineteenth-century French fiction.
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Fictions of Female Adultery 1684 1890

This book discusses how novels of adultery have been theorized, argues its own theoretical perspective, and analyzes two 'circumtexts' of the fiction of female adultery: its pre-history in eighteenth-century Britain, and its decline during ...

Author: B. Overton

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0333770803

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

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Women's adultery provides many of the plots that run through nineteenth-century European fiction. This book discusses how novels of adultery have been theorized, argues its own theoretical perspective, and analyzes two 'circumtexts' of the fiction of female adultery: its pre-history in eighteenth-century Britain, and its decline during the Naturalist period in France. It is the first dedicated study of the theory of the novel of adultery, and of the representation of adultery in earlier British and later nineteenth-century French fiction.
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The Novel of Adultery

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Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781349029686

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Page: 182

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Beyond Atonement

INTRODUCTION axiomatic that the aristocracy - particularly its women — did not become ... however , are not the sole basis of the novel of female adultery .

Author: Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 1571131132

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 130

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19th-century novel of adultery and remorse.
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Adultery and the Female Star

See Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain, translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter (London, Nationwide Book Service, 1980). Bill overton, The Novel of Female Adultery: ...

Author: Edward Gallafent

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137352248

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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This book provides an in-depth study of Bette Davis, Joan Fontaine, Kim Novak and Meryl Streep, and the treatment of adultery in their films. It avoids the near-impossible challenge of writing about the sheer volume of adultery in film by focusing on specific periods in the work of these four major Hollywood actresses who have each performed roles that share some features but also contain points of difference. The periods discussed cover Davis’s work in 1937 to 1943, Fontaine’s work between 1939 and 1950, Novak in 1954 to 1964, and finally Streep’s work between 1979 and 1985. Closely analysing both established classics and lesser known films, Edward Gallafent explores the work of a broad range of directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Max Ophüls, Sydney Pollack and Billy Wilder. Adultery and the Female Star explores topics such as motherhood, the significance of place, censorship, and adaptation, and is the first book of its kind to take on the topic of adultery in relation to these four actresses. It ultimately argues that our understanding of the adultery narrative is tightly bound up with our understanding of the Hollywood stars that depict it.
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Encyclopedia of the Novel

novel of female adultery, as Bill Overton (1996) has pointed out in his critical work of that name, explored the directly sexual nature of infidelity ...

Author: Paul Schellinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135918262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 838

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The function of adultery contract and female identity in Kate Chopin s The Awakening

But what precisely is the nature of Edna's awakening? Does the novel really convey a feminist tenor, and does Chopin succeed in exploring new cul¬tural and social options in the sphere of fiction?

Author: Martin Holz

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640165698

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 15

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Seminar paper from the year 1999 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Cologne, 24 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, sexuality, love and marriage are negotiated in connection with the problem of a uniquely female identity which defies the ideas of Victorian prudery and seeks to represent the "new woman". But what precisely is the nature of Edna's awakening? Does the novel really convey a feminist tenor, and does Chopin succeed in exploring new cul¬tural and social options in the sphere of fiction? Three major aspects have to be analysed to il¬luminate this matter, namely adultery, the notion of contract and the question of a female iden¬tity, all of which are directly linked to the organization and stability of society in general and in American society by the end of the nineteenth century in particular. Considering the ubi¬quity of adultery - seen as a transgression against the marriage contract - in nineteenth-century novels, Tony Tanner postulates "relationships between a specific kind of sexual act, a specific kind of society, and a specific kind of narrative" (1979: 12), all of which here imply a defini¬tion of woman's role on a social scale. As far as The Awakening is concerned, however, the case is far from clear because society's ideological hegemony is significantly diminished, though at no point relinquished. It is proble¬matic to speak of Edna's sexual liberation and emancipation for two reasons: firstly, there are no restrictive measures or even social sanctions like ostracism, and secondly, the ending is too ambivalent to interpret it from an exclusively feminist perspective. Nevertheless, Showalter is certainly correct in asserting that "Chopin went boldly beyond the work of her precursors in writing about women's longing for sexual and personal emancipation"(1993: 170); contempo¬rary reviews and the reception history as a whole supply sufficient evidence of this as well as of the thesis that "Chopin calls into question the ideologies and assumptions about women's place articulated by leading thinkers of her time" (Bauer/ Lakritz 1988: 47). But the text is neither a tract nor a pamphlet; it is an aesthetically composed novel which works quite differ¬ently due to its fictional status. This paper tries to clarify the complex set of ideas and tech¬niques that operate on the fictional level and is, moreover, designed to show their social and cultural relevance in the context of Kate Chopin's epoch while taking into account several approaches to the text.
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Comparative Perspectives on the Rise of the Brazilian Novel

The preoccupation with stock market speculation in A falêncua is coupled with a narrative arc involving female adultery. Camila is having an affair with ...

Author: Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 9781787354715

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Comparative Perspectives on the Rise of the Brazilian Novel presents a framework of comparative literature based on a systemic and empirical approach to the study of the novel and applies that framework to the analysis of key nineteenth-century Brazilian novels. The works under examination were published during the period in which the forms and procedures of the novel were acclimatized as the genre established and consolidated itself in Brazil.
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Adultery and Hysteria in the Nineteenth Century Novel The Case of Gabriele D Annunzio

This monograph proposes a re-reading of D'Annunzio's female characters in five selected novels as a case study to examine how hysteria, adultery and female stereotypes enable both a reflection and critique of these socio-scientific beliefs ...

Author: Michela Barisonzi

Publisher: Troubador Italian Studies

ISBN: 178901770X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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This monograph proposes a re-reading of D'Annunzio's female characters in five selected novels as a case study to examine how hysteria, adultery and female stereotypes enable both a reflection and critique of these socio-scientific beliefs of the period, exposing a covert criticism of Post-unified Italy.
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Culture and Adultery

In Culture and Adultery, Leckie mines novels, newspapers, court and Parliamentary records to explore several related sets of issues.

Author: Barbara Leckie

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512805475

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Adultery, it is often assumed, was not a major concern of English culture during the Victorian age, and the apparent absence of adultery—indeed, of all explicit representations of sexuality—in turn made censorship for obscene libel unnecessary. Very few writers, conventional wisdom has it, were bold enough to defy the powerful implicit constraints imposed upon literary production. If we find no English Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary, Barbara Leckie nevertheless demonstrates that adultery preoccupied English culture during this period. After the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857 was passed, adultery was prominently discussed in the Divorce Court. Transcriptions of divorce trials were an immensely popular front-page feature of almost all daily newspapers for more than fifty years. At the same time as narratives of adultery stood at the center of sensation novels such as Mary Elizabeth Bradden's The Doctor's Wife, literary reviews and cultural debates strongly encouraged serious novelists to avoid the topic. In Culture and Adultery, Leckie mines novels, newspapers, court and Parliamentary records to explore several related sets of issues. How, first, did adultery become "visible" in the public sphere in the second half of the nineteenth century? Why, conversely, has the discursive history of adultery been deemphasized in the English critical tradition? And how is the history of the Victorian and early twentieth-century English novel revised when the culture's concern with adultery and censorship are reintroduced?
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Resolving the Paradox of Jean Jacques Rousseau s Sexual Politics

According to Overton, the novel of female adultery, as a tradition, “was born in France in the 1830s,”15 and “after 1857 . . . became established in its ...

Author: Tamela Ice

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761844783

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 100

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This book proposes a resolution to the paradox of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's sexual politics—that he is the philosopher of freedom for men yet philosopher of servitude for women. The author examines psychological oppression, which is often overlooked as a consequence of sexual and identity politics, which is revealed in Rousseau's Les Solitaires and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary. The author addresses logical problems for Rousseau and certain forms of contemporary 'difference' feminisms. With the aid of Simone de Beauvoir's notions of liberty, the author proposes a way to use Rousseau's philosophies to overcome psychological oppression.
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Gender Nation and the Formation of the Twentieth century Mexican Literary Canon

According to Overton, 'there is no canonical novel of female adultery written by a woman' (viii). That is not to say, however, that adultery does not occur ...

Author: Sarah E. L. Bowskill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351192811

Category: Literary Criticism

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"The post-revolutionary Mexican literary canon was formed by cultural and political elites who sought to identify and reward those novels which would best represent the new nation. Reviewers found what they were looking for in Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes's El indio (1935) for example, but not in Consuelo Delgados's Yo tambien, Adelita (1936). This groundbreaking study provides a fresh perspective on canon formation by uncovering the circumstances and readings which produced a male-dominated Mexican literary canon."
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Women Privacy and Modernity in Early Twentieth Century British Writing

That two court cases were central to the sensibilities of the interwar novel of adultery may seem surprising but there is a tradition of the legal courts ...

Author: W. Gan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230232716

Category: Literary Criticism

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Privacy is not often thought of as a marker of modernity but a look at British women's writing of the early twentieth century suggests that it should be so. This book examines the female pursuit of privacy, particularly of the spatial kind, as women began to claim privacy as an entitlement of the modern, middle-class woman.
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The Eighteenth Century British Verse Epistle

This is the first book to cover the whole range of epistolary verse in the period, including the discursive type favoured by Pope and the familiar and dramatic epistles.

Author: B. Overton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230593466

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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This is the first book to cover the whole range of epistolary verse in the period, including the discursive type favoured by Pope and the familiar and dramatic epistles. It advances a new model for defining the form, demonstrates the form's importance in the period, and pays attention to non-canonical epistles by women and labouring-class writers.
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Brabbling Women

Bill Overton, The Novel of Female Adultery: Love and Gender in Continental European Fiction, 1830–1900 (London, 1996), 9. Other work on adultery in early ...

Author: Terri L. Snyder

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801469923

Category: History

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Brabbling Women takes its title from a 1662 law enacted by Virginia's burgesses, which was intended to offer relief to the "poore husbands" forced into defamation suits because their "brabling" wives had slandered or scandalized their neighbors. To quell such episodes of female misrule, lawmakers decreed that husbands could choose either to pay damages or to have their wives publicly ducked. But there was more at stake here. By examining women's use of language, Terri L. Snyder demonstrates how women resisted and challenged oppressive political, legal, and cultural practices in colonial Virginia. Contending that women's voices are heard most clearly during episodes of crisis, Snyder focuses on disorderly speech to illustrate women's complex relationships to law and authority in the seventeenth century. Ordinary women, Snyder finds, employed a variety of strategies to prevail in domestic crises over sexual coercion and adultery, conflicts over women's status as servants or slaves, and threats to women's authority as independent household governors. Some women entered the political forum, openly participating as rebels or loyalists; others sought legal redress for their complaints. Wives protested the confines of marriage; unfree women spoke against masters and servitude. By the force of their words, all strove to thwart political leaders and local officials, as well as the power of husbands, masters, and neighbors. The tactics colonial women used, and the successes they met, reflect the struggles for empowerment taking place in defiance of the inequalities of the colonial period.
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Playing Around

Intimate and explosive, Playing Around explores the pleasures and pains of female infidelity and illuminates women’s participation in a behavior that is often viewed as predominantly male.

Author: Linda Wolfe

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497680975

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Intimate, explosive, revelatory American women talk about having been unfaithful to their primary sexual partners. Why did they cheat? How and where did they manage to meet with their lovers? Were the affairs more sexually satisfying than the women’s primary relationships? More emotionally satisfying? Did they feel guilt? Did they keep their affairs secret or admit them to partners or friends? And, whether confessed or not, how did infidelity affect the women’s lives? Intimate and explosive, Playing Around explores the pleasures and pains of female infidelity and illuminates women’s participation in a behavior that is often viewed as predominantly male.
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The Awakening

First published in 1899, this controversial novel of a New Orleans wife's search for love outside a stifling marriage shocked readers.

Author: Kate Chopin

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486110523

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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First published in 1899, this controversial novel of a New Orleans wife's search for love outside a stifling marriage shocked readers. Today, it remains a first-rate narrative with superb characterization. New introductory Note.
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Adultery in the Novel

but above all—“thou were the trewest lover, of a synful man, that ever loved woman.”28 Truest lover / sinful man—how can we resolve that apparent paradox?

Author: Tony Tanner

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421434421

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 396

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His interpretation encompasses the role of women, the structure of the family, social mores, and the history of sexuality.
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A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula

The authors of the “novel of adultery” are far from the playful intentions ... Let us mention some facts relevant to the understanding of women's reality on ...

Author: César Domínguez

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027266910

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 765

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Volume 2 of A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula brings to an end this collective work that aims at surveying the network of interliterary relations in the Iberian Peninsula. No attempt at such a comparative history of literatures in the Iberian Peninsula has been made until now. In this volume, the focus is placed on images (Section 1), genres (Section 2), forms of mediation (Section 3), and cultural studies and literary repertoires (Section 4). To these four sections an epilogue is added, in which specialists in literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as in the (sub)disciplines of comparative history and comparative literary history, search for links between Volumes 1 and 2 from the point of view of general contributions to the field of Iberian comparative studies, and assess the entire project that now reaches completion with contributions from almost one hundred scholars.
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