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Vessels of Meaning
Women's Bodies, Gender Norms, and Class Bias from Richardson to Lawrence
"The insightful and elegant reading of the female body in its relationship to nurture and need make Vessels of Meaning a valuable addition to the literature on women and the novel."—South Atlantic Review
"A thought-provoking and sophisticated study.... Fasick is a wonderfully clear and engaging writer, and her insights are striking."—Donald E. Hall
"A subtle and detailed argument about the representation of women's bodies. This book makes a powerful statement about the dangers of generalization and essentialism in discussions of gender and the body."
Physcial differences between men and women have long served as the basis for assuming differences in psychological, intellectual, and emotional processes. As an appreciation for individual sensibilities began to develop in the eighteenth century, a new image of women appeared in literature. Tracing the progression of images of women's bodies through nearly two centuries of literature, Fasick analyzes selected novels from Samuel Richardson to D. H. Lawrence to construct a historical overview of class and gender relations as reflected and refracted in the pages of the English novel.
(1997) 241 pp.
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