Orphan Texts: Victorian Orphans, Culture and Empire

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - History - 158 pages
"The study argues that the prevalence of the orphan figure can be explained by considering the family. The family and all it came to represent - legitimacy, race and national belonging - was in crisis. In order to reaffirm itself the family needed a scapegoat: it found one in the orphan figure. As one who embodied the loss of the family, the orphan figure came to represent a dangerous threat to the family; and the family reaffirmed itself through the expulsion of this threatening difference. The vulnerable and miserable condition of the orphan, as one without rights, enabled it to be conceived of, and treated as such, by the very institutions responsible for its care." "Orphan Texts will of interest to final year undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and those interested in the areas of Victorian literature, Victorian studies, postcolonial studies, history and popular culture."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgementspage
1
Difference within30
30
Popular orphan adventure narratives61
61
The emigration of orphan children79
79
Appendix144
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References150
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Index156
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Laura Peters is Senior Lecturer in English at Staffordshire University.

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