Mind Frames

Garrett Stewart

in Novel Violence

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226774589
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226774602 | DOI:
Mind Frames

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This chapter analyzes the violence in Anne Brontë's novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It suggests that this work is far from an enacted poetics of fiction because what Brontë renegotiates for the reader is a question of quasi-fiscal transaction and exchange far closer to the everyday cultural network of marriage markets and social encumbrances. This chapter also comments on the strategy of leaving the familial relationship of the narratee to the narrator underspecified until the very end.

Keywords: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; Anne Brontë; violence; novel; quasi-fiscal transaction; marriage markets; social encumbrances; exchange economy

Chapter.  16676 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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