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Secrecy and Disclosure in Victorian Fiction (Among the Victorians and Modernists) Hardcover – 16 Aug 2016


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472484398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472484390
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
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'Secrecy and Disclosure in Victorian Fiction offers persuasive readings of Victorian fiction to argue that the period saw distinct forms of duplicity emerge. May makes inspired use of early- and mid-twentieth-century sociologists Georg Simmel and Erving Goffman, who theorized secrecy as fundamental to human subjectivity and sociality. As May shows, the simultaneous social requirement for transparency on the one hand and secrecy on the other was a central paradox of Victorian fiction.' Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, University of California, Davis, USA

About the Author

Leila Silvana May is Professor of English at North Carolina State University, USA. She is also the author of Disorderly Sisters: Sibling Relations and Sororal Resistance in Nineteenth-Century British Literature.


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