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Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature$
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James A. W. Heffernan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300195583

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300195583.001.0001

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Domesticity, Mating, Power

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Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature

James A. W. Heffernan

Yale University Press

This chapter probes hospitality and mating in English fiction. It examines domestic novels ranging from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady. These novels all reveal that the desire for a mate is bound up with domesticity, power, and hospitality. Among representations of hospitality in English fiction, The Mysteries of Udolpho displays treachery in its simplest form: Morano's designs on the niece of Montini, his host, prompt the two men to fight until Morano is severely wounded and carried out of the castle.

Keywords:   hospitality, English fiction, domestic novels, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Henry James, Mysteries of Udolpho

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