Literary Identification

from Charlotte Brontë to Tsitsi Dangarembga

Laura Green


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Literary Identification from Charlotte Brontë to Tsitsi Dangarembga, by Laura Green, seeks to account for the persistent popularity of the novel of formation, from nineteenth-century English through contemporary Anglophone literature. Through her reading of novels, memoirs, and essays by nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century women writers, Green shows how this genre reproduces itself in the elaboration of bonds between and among readers, characters, and authors that she classifies collectively as 'literary identification.'


[Green] suggests that the range and variability of literary identifications of authors, readers, and characters within novels allows identifications to function variably as well: in liberatory or life-enhancing ways as well as oppressive or reactionary ones.


Laura Green is associate professor and chair of the department of English at Northeastern University. She is also the author of Educating Women: Cultural Conflict and Victorian Literature (2001).