I want to thank Jonathan Arac and John Plotz, past and current presidents of the Society for Novel Studies, and their executive board for choosing my first book as the topic of the SNS’s special session as an affiliated society of the Modern Language Association. It was not that long ago that a few of us met at Duke to draw up plans for a learned society devoted to the study of the novel. Back then, in 2011, I envisioned that the organization we were dreaming up would someday become affiliated with the MLA, but it never occurred to me that someone would make a case for Desire and Domestic Fiction (Armstrong 1987) as the topic of that inaugural session. I am grateful that they did.

DDF was—as they say of womanhood itself—both a blessing and a curse. To become its...

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