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The Servants Hand: English Fiction from Below Bruce Robbins

The Servants Hand: English Fiction from Below

Bruce Robbins

Published September 9th 1993
ISBN : 9780822313977
Paperback
280 pages
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A work of innovative literary and cultural history, The Servants Hand examines the representation of servants in nineteenth-century British fiction. Wandering in the margins of these texts that are not about them, servants are visible only asMoreA work of innovative literary and cultural history, The Servants Hand examines the representation of servants in nineteenth-century British fiction. Wandering in the margins of these texts that are not about them, servants are visible only as anachronistic appendages to their masters and as functions of traditional narrative form. Yet their persistence, Robbins argues, signals more than the absence of the ordinary people they are taken to represent. Robbinss argument offers a new and distinctive approach to the literary analysis of class, while it also bodies forth a revisionist counterpolitics to the realist tradition from Homer to Virginia Woolf. Originally published in 1986 (Columbia University Press), The Servants Hand is appearing for the first time in paperback.