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Alison Case - Author

About the Author

Alison Case received her BA from Oberlin College and her PhD in English Literature from Cornell University. A Professor of English at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, she has published two books and many articles on nineteenth-century British fiction and poetry. This is her first novel.

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Nelly Dean A Return to Wuthering Heights

Nelly Dean A Return to Wuthering Heights

Author: Alison Case Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2017

Nelly Dean

Nelly Dean

Author: Alison Case Format: eBook Release Date: 13/08/2015

'Audacious', 'a page-turner' and ' has the makings of a feminist classic' INDEPENDENTA gripping and heartbreaking novel that reimagines life at Wuthering Heights through the eyes of the Earnshaws' loyal servant, Nelly Dean.Young Nelly Dean has been Hindley's closest companion for as long as she can remember, living freely at the great house, Wuthering Heights. But when the benevolence of the master brings a wild child into the house, Nelly must follow in her mother's footsteps, be called servant and give herself to the family completely.But Nelly is not the only one who must serve. When a new heir is born, a reign of violence begins that will test Nelly's spirit as she finds out what it is to know true sacrifice.Nelly Dean is a wonderment of storytelling, a heartbreaking accompaniment to Emily Bronte's adored work. It is the story of a woman who is fated to bear the pain of a family she is unable to leave, and unable to save.

Plotting Women

Plotting Women

Author: Alison Case Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/1999

Is there such a thing as a woman's voice in fiction? In the context of feminist criticism, this question is far more problematic than critics once believed. Beyond asking whether certain themes, forms, or styles are linked primarily to women writers, one can examine how womanhood is defined by a culture. The emerging field of feminist narratology builds on these two areas of inquiry, linking form and social construction and giving its practitioners a new Set of terms with which to address how a woman tells a story.Plotting Women applies these new tools to British novels of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Alison A. Case identifies a convention of feminine narration characterized by the exclusion of the female narrator from shaping her experience into a coherent, meaningful, and authoritative story. Instead, a male narrator steps in to shape the narrative either within the text or in a pseudoeditorial frame. Case treats Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa as foundational texts in the establishment of this literary convention and then traces its evolution through detailed readings of novels by Smollett, Scott, Charlotte Bronte, Barrett Browning, Dickens, Collins, and Stoker. In giving feminine narration the status of a convention, Case suggests that deviations from it create a deliberate effect. She focuses primarily on texts in which the convention is challenged, reasserted, or reshaped and in which female narrative authority, or lack thereof, plays a central thematic as well as formal role. These struggles over narrative control often represent larger concerns about female power and agency. In addition to offering a rich and nuanced account of the contestation over women's narrative authority in and among novels of this period, Plotting Women makes a substantial contribution to feminist criticism and the study of the novel more generally by establishing a model of gendered narration that is not directly tied to the gender of authors.

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