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Ancestry and Narrative in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521560948

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  • This study addresses the question of why ideas of ancestry and kinship were so important in nineteenth-century society, and particularly in the Victorian novel. Sophie Gilmartin discusses what makes people believe that they are part of a certain region, race or nation, and what part is played by superstitious belief, invented traditions and fictions. Gilmartin's study shows that ideas of ancestry and kinship, and the narratives inspired by or invented around them, were of profound significance in the construction of Victorian identity.

    • Original and illuminating study of ancestry and kinship in nineteenth-century fiction and culture
    • Places major nineteenth-century novelists in their historic, artistic and cultural context and rediscovers the importance of some forgotten texts
    • New insight into work by Edgeworth, Disraeli, Meredith and Hardy
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    "...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

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    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521560948
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Sophie Gilmartin, Royal Holloway, University of London

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