"Who is this in Pain?": Scarring, Disfigurement, and Female Identity in Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend

Michie, Helena
January 1989
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Winter1989, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p199
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Focuses on the female protagonists in the literary works of author Charles Dickens. Use of pain as a means of access to language and physical presence among Dickens' heroines; Information on the books "Bleak House" and "Our Mutual Friend" which focus on the construction of the female self through pain and fragmentation; Views of feminist social historians on the use of illness by Victorian leisure class women as a means of control over family.


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