Family And The Law In Eighteenth Century Fiction The Public Conscience In The Private Sphere
MLA Geiser, Suzanna. APA Geiser, S. Chicago Geiser, Suzanna. Last Modified March 21, Creator Geiser, Suzanna Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature Abstract This dissertation explores the impact of legal and literary fictions about marriage on the modern historical consciousness.
Family and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Fiction : John P. Zomchick :
By reading the early English novel in conjunction with contemporary legal texts on marriage—parliamentary acts and debates, case law, marriage settlements, and private separation deeds—I demonstrate that eighteenth-century English marriage law and practice was constituted through a variety of conflicting legal fictions. I further demonstrate that the early novel was preoccupied with how those fictions shaped the lived experience of domesticity, particularly for women.
The fictional precepts and presumptions underwriting emerging contract theory and traditional marriage doctrine at once directed and circumscribed proto modern developments in marriage, property, and divorce law. Moreover, the novel, in its mimetic and ideological capacities, variously worked to expose, advance, and revise those fictions, thereby amplifying and altering their historical force.
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Examining the dialectical relationship between legal texts and the novels of Daniel Defoe, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Elizabeth Inchbald, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Jane Austen, this project challenges traditional conceptions of the law as stable, objective, and truth-bearing, and it demonstrates the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to historical inquiry. Each chapter explores the legal fictions implicated at a particular stage in the marriage contracting process.
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Rousseau note in the introduction, "by contrasting the genteel and the common, the sophisticated and the primal, Smollett conveys forcefully the way it felt to be alive in the middle of the eighteenth century. The text of the novel uses the first edition of as copy-text while recording the second edition's substantive variants.
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