The Orphan in Eighteenth-Century Fiction explores how the figure of the orphan was shaped by changing social and historical circumstances. Analysing sixteen major novels from Defoe to Austen, this original study explains the undiminished popularity of literary orphans and reveals their key role in the construction of gendered subjectivity.
Defoe fiction identity Jane Austen law Narrative novel
Authors and affiliations
1.University of ZurichSwitzerland
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