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

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Cambridge University Press, 1998 - 281 من الصفحات
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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.

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the case of Disraelis Sybil
102
Alternative pedigrees in Merediths
130
Pedigree sati and the widow in Merediths The Egoist
163
Pedigree and forgetting in Hardy
195
Hardys The WellBeloved
226
Conclusion
246
Bibliography
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