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The vulgar question of money; heiresses, materialism, and the novel of manners from Jane Austen to Henry James.

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The vulgar question of money; heiresses, materialism, and the novel of manners from Jane Austen to Henry James.

Michie, Elsie B.

Johns Hopkins U. Press

2011

303 pages

$70.00

Paperback

PR878

In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1813), female characters with means are portrayed as crassly vulgar in a way that their male counterparts are not. Although focusing on the Victorian era as the one most associating wealth with vulgarity, especially female links with such, Michie (English, Louisiana State U.) points out that this gender differential persists in current media labels of rich women. In examining the heiress's role in 19th century marriage-plotted novels of Austen, Trollope, Oliphant, and James, she reads this theme as reflecting ambivalence between the desire for wealth for its own sake, and the triumph of love over money and status.

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