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By Jeff Nunokawa

In The Afterlife of Property, Jeff Nunokawa investigates the conviction handed on by way of the Victorian novel woman's love is the single fortune a guy can expect to final. Taking for his instance 4 texts, Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit and Dombey and Son, and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda and Silas Marner, Nunokawa reviews the various ways in which the Victorian novel imagines girls as estate faraway from the uncertainties of undefined. alongside the way in which, he notices how the types of economics, gender, sexuality, race, and fiction outline each other within the Victorian novel.

If the unconventional figures ladies as secure estate, Nunokawa argues, the unconventional figures secure estate as a girl. And if the unconventional identifies the angel of the home, the desexualized topic of Victorian fantasies of excellent womanhood, as secure estate, it identifies quite a few varieties of fiction, illicit sexualities, and international races with the enemy of such estate: the commodity shape. Nunokawa indicates how those convergences of fiction, sexuality, and race with the commodity shape are a part of a scapegoat state of affairs, during which the in a different way ubiquitous instabilities of might be contained and expunged, clearing the best way for safe ownership. The Afterlife of Property addresses literary and cultural conception, gender reports, and homosexual and lesbian studies.

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