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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
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James A. W. Heffernan

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300195583.003.0008

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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