Subjectivities : A History of Self-Representation in Britain, 1832-1920

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The author suggests that whereas bourgeois subjectivity ordinarily resembles the central and progressively developing self of such novels as David Copperfield, working class subjectivity consists of attention to working environment and community that diminishes the concern with self. These differences account for the relative valuations placed on middle class and working class autobiographies by the literary more

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  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 147.8 x 220.5 x 27.4mm | 572.3g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, 2 halftones, table
  • 0195060962
  • 9780195060966

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A wide-ranging work of unusual conceptual power and original insight, this book convincingly redefines the literary field of 19th- and early 20th- century autobiography to include works, especially those by working-class people, that do not focus in conventional ways on the more

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`this is a provocative work, and one that nails its colours to the mast early on ... admirable in its attention to detail and ability to assimilate those details, no matter how apparently disparate, into coherent ideological patterns. This book is a salutary reminder that the act of writing is no autotelic activity, but by its nature a mediation betwen self and society.' Bill Bell, Times Literary Supplementshow more

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