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The purpose of my analysis in “The Adorned and the Adored: Issues of Sympathy and Ownership in Victorian Literature” is to examine texts by Charles Dickens (Great Expectations and Bleak House) and Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre) in order to grapple with the growth of capitalism and expansion of material and print culture during the Victorian era. In grappling with these changes, I also seek to explore the related issues of property and ownership rights, particularly those of wealthy women and authors, which converge and diverge in interesting ways. Under the common law doctrine of coverture, married women did not have property rights. Even young women and widows, who in some cases had a modicum of independence, had subordinate legal status. It took decades of starts and stops for the Married Women’s Property Act of 1882 to pass and grant wives any semblance of material control. Authors likewise faced decades-long oppo ------- Download to continue reading-----> http://projectbasket.com.ng |

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