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Mary Jean Corbett

281 Bachelor Hall
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Mary Jean Corbett



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Corbett’s recent book, Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf (Cornell, 2008), examines representations of incest as a racialized figure in narratives of the family. It argues that tropes of cross-cultural mixing, including those relating to sex and marriage, took a turn in the mid-nineteenth century, becoming negatively charged as miscegenous, while anxieties about sexual and racial impurity within English families put concerns about both incest and miscegenation on the cultural map. Examining the work of women writers in relation to legal and political documents, polemical periodical essays, and anthropological studies of primitive cultures and urban primitives authored largely by men, the project contributes to an understanding of the broad nineteenth-century cultural discourse about the family in which issues of race and class intersect at many points with questions of gender and sexuality. Corbett’s new projects include a collaborative essay with Denise McCoskey on Woolf and Sophocles; an essay on neo-Victorian fictions by Byatt and Waters in relation to Tennyson and Barrett Browning; and a book on Woolf’s representations of the nineteenth century.