Ivy Compton-Burnett

  • Authors
  • Kathy Justice Gentile

Part of the Women Writers book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kathy Justice Gentile
    Pages 17-29
  3. Kathy Justice Gentile
    Pages 30-46
  4. Kathy Justice Gentile
    Pages 47-64
  5. Kathy Justice Gentile
    Pages 65-87
  6. Kathy Justice Gentile
    Pages 88-102
  7. Kathy Justice Gentile
    Pages 103-119
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 132-146

About this book


The twenty novels of Ivy Compton-Burnett comprise a tightly constructed, radically renovated house of fiction. This study finds that her work is grounded on a rational feminism that defies the Christianized moral ethic which restricts traditional novels by and about women. Compton-Burnett condenses the abuses of patriarchy, and its attendant hierarchy, into the closed arena of the Victorian/Edwardian family. Through this fictional technique of condensation, her 'insular' English novels paradoxically expose contradictions and illegitimate foundations of masculinized Western civilization.


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