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The Afterlife of Property
Author: Jeff Nunokawa

ISBN: 9780691114675
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17 March 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2
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In "The Afterlife of Property, " Jeff Nunokawa investigates the conviction passed on by the Victorian novel that a woman's love is the only fortune a man can count on to last. Taking for his example four texts, Charles Dickens's "Little Dorrit" and "Dombey and Son, " and George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda" and "Silas Marner, " Nunokawa studies the diverse ways that the Victorian novel imagines women as property removed from the uncertainties of the marketplace. Along the way, he notices how the categories of economics, gender, sexuality, race, and fiction define one another in the Victorian novel.

If the novel figures women as safe property, Nunokawa argues, the novel figures safe property as a woman. And if the novel identifies the angel of the house, the desexualized subject of Victorian fantasies of ideal womanhood, as safe property, it identifies various types of fiction, illicit sexualities, and foreign races with the enemy of such property: the commodity form. Nunokawa shows how these convergences of fiction, sexuality, and race with the commodity form are part of a scapegoat scenario, in which the oth...

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