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Title: The politics of identity and property law in women's sentimental and Gothic novels, 1752-1806
Author: Kramer, Kaley Andrea
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis engages with the representations of property and ownership in women's sentimental and Gothic novels in the latter half of the eighteenth century. I investigate women~s relationship with . real property and legal inheritance as well as their connection with such concepts as 'cultural capital' and 'intellectual property'. Be~cing with John Locke's formulation ~f essenti~ ownership and Carole Pateman's assertion of the gendered basis of this 'possessive selP,.I argue.that narratives of ownership, fundamental to inclusion within communities ranging from the family to the nation, are '. broader and more complex than law or history can define. Recent critical work, from literary ~d historical perspectives, illuminates the multifaceted and shifting valences of consanguineal, affinal, and sentimental 'belonging'. Cultural, literary; and social p~adiginsof the eighteenth century, . .~..-. .: . particularly sensibility, romance, and the Gothic, b~th r~f~:r~~ and subvert legal constructions of the female (non)subject. By questioning and combining genres, the writers in this thesis tested the boundaries of narratives in order to re-assert women's self-possession and autonomy, whether married or single. Both private and public, writing allowed women to demoiIstrate their own . .acquisition of cultural capital in the process of creating new intellectual property andmaterial artefact. The curious property created through print, both intangible and material, offered women an image with which to eXplore their own contested subjectivity. Women's participation in the emerging print market signals both their identification with traditional, established narratives and their willingness to create alternative meanings and interpretations.
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Qualification Name: University of Leeds, 2007 Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.484911  DOI: Not available
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