Confessional Subjects: Revelations of Gender and Power in by Susan David Bernstein

By Susan David Bernstein

Susan Bernstein examines the gendered energy relationships embedded in confessional literature of the Victorian interval. Exploring this dynamic in Charlotte Bronta's Villette, Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret, George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, she argues that even though women's disclosures to male confessors time and again depict wrongdoing dedicated opposed to them, they themselves are considered because the transgressors. Bernstein emphasizes the secularization of confession, yet she additionally locations those narratives in the context of the anti-Catholic tract literature of the time. according to cultural feedback, poststructuralism, and feminist thought, Bernstein's research constitutes a reassessment of Freud's and Foucault's theories of confession. furthermore, her research of the anti-Catholic propaganda of the mid-nineteenth century and its portrayal of confession presents old history to the that means of family confessions within the literature of the second one half the century.

Originally released in 1997.

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