By Martin A. Danahay
Complementing fresh feminist experiences of lady self-representation, this e-book examines the dynamics of masculine self-representation in nineteenth-century British literature. Arguing that the class "autobiography" used to be a made of nineteenth-century individualism, the writer analyzes the dependence of the nineteenth-century masculine topic on autonomy or self-naming because the prerequisite for the composition of a lifestyles background. The masculine autobiographer achieves this autonomy by utilizing a feminized different as a metaphorical reflect for the self. The feminized different in those texts represents the social rate of masculine autobiography. Authors from Wordsworth to Arnold, together with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, John Ruskin, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Stuart Mill, and Edmund Gosse, use woman fanatics and kin as symbols for the neighborhood with which they consider they've got misplaced touch. within the theoretical advent, the writer argues that those texts really privilege the self sustaining self over the pictures of group they ostensibly worth, developing within the approach a self-enclosed and self-referential "community of one."
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The nineteenth-century autobiographical subject was the product of a false dialectic between the inward sphere of the autonomous individual and the social claims of community. Autobiography records the destruction of communal ideals by the ideology of nineteenth-century individualism that was initially articulated in the Romantic period. I will argue that the literature of the Victorian period represents a post-Romantic attempt to come to terms with the social costs of the subjectivity that was inaugurated in the 1790s.
She asserts that "Victorian social critics often described the loss of community and the need for its renewal to be one of the major problems of the age, and much of the century's fiction, poetry, drama, theology, history Page 21 and philosophy reflects this sense of loss" (Graver 1984, 1). As Graver's comments indicate, the Victorian recourse to community reveals a deep sense of loss, a loss directly connected with the rise of individualism. Tönnies' text is particularly helpful in defining the terms of the problem facing Victorian authors, because of the way in which he systematically lays out the opposing terms in the debate.
SUNY series, the margins of literature) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-7914-1511-2 (alk. paper). : alk. paper) 1. English prose literature 19th century History and criticism. 2. English prose literature Men authors History and criticism. 3. Men Great Britain History 19th century Historiography. 4. Men authors, English Biography History and criticism. 5. Masculinity (Psychology) in literature. 6. Autobiography Men authors. I. Title. II. Series. 9'008dc20 [B] 92-38402 CIP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Page v But man is a true narcissus: he makes the whole world his mirror.
A Community of One: Masculine Autobiography and Autonomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain by Martin A. Danahay