Promising language : betrothal in Victorian law and fiction / Randall Craig

Author(s): Craig, Randall, 1951-
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Subjects: English fiction--19th century--History and criticism
Betrothal--Law and legislation--Great Britain--History--19th century
Legal stories, English--History and criticism
Love stories, English--History and criticism
Betrothal in literature
Courtship in literature
Marriage in literature
Promises in literature
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Albany : State University of New York Press, c2000
LC Classification: P, PR
Physical Description: xvi, 331 p. ; 24 cm
Table of Contents: Foreword: Cross Your Fingers ..
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Promising: Language/Narrative/Law 1
Ch. 1. Language and the Victorians 19
Ch. 2. Victorian Promises 47
Ch. 3. Legal Fictions: Narrating Breach of Promise 77
Ch. 4. Engaging Lies in Jane Eyre 121
Ch. 5. Right Speaking in Adam Bede 153
Ch. 6. Promising Marriage in The Egoist 185
Ch. 7. Questioning Rhetoric in Can You Forgive Her? 213
Ch. 8. Dying Promises in The Wings of the Dove 247
Afterword: Cross Your Heart ... 279
Notes 283
Works Cited 313
Cases Cited 325
Index 327
Notes: LCCN: 99022478
ISBN: 0791444252 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0791444260 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-324) and index
"Cases cited": p. 325
OCLC Number: 40925960
ISBN/ISSN: 0791444252
0791444260