Turning In The Grave: Ambivalence, Queer Loss, And The Victorian Novel

dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Kaelinen_US
dc.contributor.chairHanson, Ellisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVillarejo, Amyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShaw, Harry Edmunden_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCohn, Elisha Janeen_US
dc.description.abstract"Turning in the Grave: Ambivalence, Queer Loss, and the Victorian Novel" details how nineteenth-century mourning culture complicated the development of the novel. I contend that Victorian mourning culture-characterized by the display of objects meant to signify both emotional states and social allegiances in response to the death of an individual-challenged authors' ability to maintain the narrative conventions of the marriage plot. In my reckoning, the marriage plot-for all its ability to organize narrative desires and fictional communities-only ever succeeds alongside the production of a set of queer losses, figured by parents who lose a child, widows and widowers, the heartbroken, and spinsters. Even as Victorian fiction played a role in the idealization of domestic life, figures of queer loss afforded authors an opportunity to adapt modes of plotting, narration, and literary feeling that wrestled against the marriage plot's end.en_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 8793369
dc.subjectQueer Studiesen_US
dc.subjectVictorian Fictionen_US
dc.subjectMourning Cultureen_US
dc.titleTurning In The Grave: Ambivalence, Queer Loss, And The Victorian Novelen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US Language and Literature Universityen_US of Philosophy D., English Language and Literature


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