The Servant's Hand: English Fiction from Below

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Duke University Press, 1993 - 261 ページ
A work of innovative literary and cultural history, The Servant's Hand examines the representation of servants in nineteenth-century British fiction. Wandering in the margins of these texts that are not about them, servants are visible only as anachronistic appendages to their masters and as functions of traditional narrative form. Yet their persistence, Robbins argues, signals more than the absence of the "ordinary people" they are taken to represent. Robbins's argument offers a new and distinctive approach to the literary analysis of class, while it also bodies forth a revisionist counterpolitics to the realist tradition from Homer to Virginia Woolf. Originally published in 1986 (Columbia University Press), The Servant's Hand is appearing for the first time in paperback.

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The Secret Pressure of a Working Hand
1
A Tradition
25
The Servant in Dialogue
53
The Servant as Narrator
91
The Servant as Instrument of the Plot
131
The Servant in the Ending
167
Commonplace and Utopia
205
Notes
227
Bibliography
239
Index
255
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Bruce W. Robbins is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University.

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