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

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ISBN-10: 0521560942

ISBN-13: 9780521560948

Edition: 1998

Authors: Sophie Gilmartin, Gillian Beer

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This study addresses the question of why ideas of ancestry and kinship were so important in 19th-century society, particularly in the Victorian novel. Gilmartin explores questions fundamental to the national and racial identity of Victorian Britain.
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List price: $99.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/25/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 298
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Reader in English, Royal Holloway, University of London

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works…    

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