The Fabrication of the Late-Victorian Femme Fatale

The Fabrication of the Late-Victorian Femme Fatale : The Kiss of Death

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This book examines the rise of the femme fatale as a prominant fictional type in late nineteenth-century British culture. As a stereotype she has been 'fabricated', that is to say constructed as a 'figure in the carpet' of the fin-de-siecle. The book argues that Rider Haggard's She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed , Bram Stoker's female vampires and Conrad's destructive Malayan or African women, even Hardy's Tess , are all caught up in a series of late nineteenth-century contexts: biological determinism, imperialism, race, theories about female sexuality, degeneration and evolutionary theory.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 257 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19.05mm | 510g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1992 ed.
  • XVI, 257 p.
  • 0333556127
  • 9780333556122

Table of contents

List of Illustrations - Preface - Acknowledgements - Historical Perspectives - Theoretical Perspectives - Dracula: A Social Purity Crusade - Rider Haggard's Black Widow - The Shadowy Embrace: Conrad - 'Something More to be Said': Hardy's Tess - Afterwords - Endnotes - Bibliography - Index
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'This is an impressively intelligent work of investigation, which makes good use of late Victorian imperial history and criminology.' - Chris Baldick, Times Literary Supplement
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'This is an impressively intelligent work of investigation, which makes good use of late Victorian imperial history and criminology.' - Chris Baldick, Times Literary Supplement
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About Rebecca Stott

REBECCA STOTT
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