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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  4. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Deluded Heiress and the Imaginary

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      Pages 51-51
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  5. Dispossessed Children: The Subject of the Symbolic

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      Pages 113-113
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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
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  1. 1.University of ZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Literature Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47984-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-38202-3
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