Ancestry and Narrative in Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Blood Relations from Edgeworth to Hardy

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September 2005



This 1999 study explores the importance of ideas and narratives of ancestry and kinship in constructing Victorian identity.


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Textual note: the novels; Introduction; 1. Oral and written genealogies in Edgeworth's The Absentee; 2. A mirror for matriarchs: the cult of Mary Queen of Scots in nineteenth-century literature; 3. Pedigree, nation, race: the case of Disraeli's Sybil and Tancred; 4. 'A sort of Royal family': alternative pedigrees and class in Meredith's Evan Harrington; 5. Pedigree, sati and the widow in Meredith's The Egoist; 6. Pedigree and forgetting in Hardy; 7. Geology and genealogy: Hardy's The Well-Beloved; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


"...Gilmartin provides interesting readings of a number of novels often passed over in the study of Victorian fiction, and she heightens the reader's awareness of a subject that was important to the Victorians and should be given due consideration by those who would understand the age's fiction." Choice
EAN: 9780521023573
ISBN: 0521023572
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Nineteent'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2005
Seitenanzahl: 300 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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