'There is no such thing as natural barrenness in natural women': Childless Marriages in Silas Marner and "The Lifted Veil"

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'There is no such thing as natural barrenness in natural women': Childless Marriages in Silas Marner and "The Lifted Veil"

Description

'There is no such thing as natural barrenness in natural women' wrote the eminent French psychologist Eugene Becklard in the 1840s, and, in general, physicians agreed with him. Certainly in mid-nineteenth-century literature children were the sine qua non of a successful marriage; courtship novels rarely ended at the altar, happy…

Creator

Marianne Burton

Source

George Eliot Review
2012: 43, 31-38

Publisher

GER and George Eliot Archive

Date

2012

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Citation

Marianne Burton, “'There is no such thing as natural barrenness in natural women': Childless Marriages in Silas Marner and "The Lifted Veil",” George Eliot Review Online, accessed September 22, 2021, https://www.georgeeliotreview.org/items/show/728.