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A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Jane Aaron

Abstract

In 1796, when Mary Lamb killed her mother in a sudden attack of violent frenzy, her brother Charles pledged himself to be responsible for her care, thus sparing her from threatened incarceration in Bedlam. For the next thirty-odd years they lived, and wrote, together. Informed by feminist and psychoanalytic literary theory, this book provides an entirely new perspective on the lives and writings of Charles and Mary Lamb. It argues that the Lambs' ideological inheritance as the children of servants, their work experience as clerk and needlewoman respectively, and the role that madness and matri ... More

Keywords: matricide, feminist literary theory, psychoanalytic literary theory, madness, Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198128908
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Aaron, author
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth

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