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Thackeray and Women
Micael M. Clarke
"Admirably perceptive ... refreshing in the astuteness of its readings."—George Eliot–G. H. Lewes Studies
"Clarke's unique study offers the first in-depth analysis of Thackeray's treatment of birth, madness, and motherhood among Victorian women."—Choice
"More than any of her predecessors, Clarke illuminates the complexity of Thackeray's views toward women, reflecting his life experience as well as influences from his literary and cultural environment."—Robert A. Colby, Queens College, City University of New York
Thackeray's writings, from the early satires and parodies through the mature historical and realistic fictions, critique the position of women in Western culture. As women writers such as Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot recognized, Thackeray arrived at a remarkably liberal understanding of "the Woman Question." His life experences—including his wife's madness, his love for Jane Brookfield, his friendship with Caroline Norton, and the necessity of rearing and educating his two daughters—gave Thackeray a perspective on women's lives and issues that was rare in Victorian men of letters.
(1995) 249 pp.
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