Narrative Transvestism: Rhetoric and Gender in the Eighteenth-century English Novel

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Cornell University Press, 1991 - 172 ページ
Many of the earliest canonical novels—including Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana and Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa—were written by men who assumed the first-person narrative voice of women. What does it mean for a man to write his "autobiography" as if he were a woman? What did early novelists have to gain from it, in a period when woman's realm was devalued and woman's voice rarely heard in public? How does the male author behind the voice reveal himself to readers, and how do our glimpses of him affect our experience of the novel? Kahn maintains that the answers to such questions lie in the nature of "narrative transvestism"—her term for the device through which a male author directs the reader's interpretation by temporarily abandoning himself to a culturally defined female voice and sensibility and then reasserting his male voice.

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Transvestism and Narrative Structures
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Conclusion
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著者について (1991)

Madeleine Kahn is Assistant Professor of English at Mills College.

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