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Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England, 1837-1925 by Cathrine O. Frank
  

Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England, 1837-1925

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Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England, 1837-1925 by Cathrine O. Frank

Focusing on the last will and testament as a legal, literary, and cultural document, Cathrine O. Frank examines fiction of the Victorian and Edwardian eras alongside actual wills, legal manuals relating to their creation, case law regarding their administration, and contemporary accounts of curious wills? in periodicals. Her study begins with the Wills Act of 1837 and poses two basic questions: What picture of Victorian culture and personal subjectivity emerges from competing legal and literary narratives about the will, and how does the shift from realist to modernist representations of the will accentuate a growing divergence between law and literature? Frank's examination of works by Emily BrontA , George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, Samuel Butler, Arnold Bennett, John Galsworthy, and E.M. Forster reveals the shared rhetorical and cultural significance of the will in law and literature while also highlighting the competition between these discourses to structure a social order that emphasized self-determinism yet viewed individuals in relationship to the broader community. Her study contributes to our knowledge of the cultural significance of Victorian wills and creates intellectual bridges between the Victorian and Edwardian periods that will interest scholars from a variety of disciplines who are concerned with the laws, literature, and history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

About the Author

Cathrine Frank is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New England, USA.

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Publication date

11th November 2016

Author

Cathrine O. Frank

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Publisher

Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Paperback
258 pages

Categories

Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
Legal history
Literature: history & criticism
Press & journalism

ISBN

9781138260559

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