The Orphan in Eighteenth-Century Fiction

The Vicissitudes of the Eighteenth-Century Subject

  • Eva König

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-14
  3. Bastards and Foundlings in Pre-Imaginary Oscillation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
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      Pages 17-24
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      Pages 25-38
  4. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Deluded Heiress and the Imaginary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
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      Pages 53-58
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      Pages 101-112
  5. Dispossessed Children: The Subject of the Symbolic

  6. The Return of the Repressed: Radcliffe’s Matriarchy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
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      Pages 199-201
  7. The Orphan in Mourning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
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      Pages 242-247
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 248-277

About this book


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

  • Eva König
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ZurichSwitzerland

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