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Novel institutions : anachronism, Irish novels and nineteenth-century realism

Author: Mary L Mullen
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines anachronisms in realist writing from the colonial periphery to redefine British realism and rethink the politics of institutions. Paying unprecedented attention to nineteenth-century Irish novels, it demonstrates how institutions constrain social relationships in the present and limit our sense of political possibilities in the future. It argues that we cannot escape institutions, but we can  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary L Mullen
ISBN: 9781474453240 1474453244
OCLC Number: 1085152409
Description: xi, 252 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Pt. 1: Necessary and unnecessary anachronisms : Realism and the institution of the Nineteenth-century novel --
Pt. 2: Forgetting and remembrance : William Carleton's and Charles Kickham's ethnographic realism --
George Eliot's anachronistic literacies --
Pt. 3: Untimely improvement: Charles Dicken's reactionary reform --
George Moore's untimely Bildung --
Coda: inhabiting institutions.
Series Title: Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture.
Responsibility: Mary L. Mullen.

Abstract:

This book examines anachronisms in realist writing from the colonial periphery to redefine British realism and rethink the politics of institutions. Paying unprecedented attention to nineteenth-century Irish novels, it demonstrates how institutions constrain social relationships in the present and limit our sense of political possibilities in the future. It argues that we cannot escape institutions, but we can refuse the narrow political future that they work to secure. -- Publisher description.

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