An Uncomfortable Authority: Maria Edgeworth and Her Contexts

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Heidi Kaufman, Christopher J. Fauske
University of Delaware Press, 2004 - 290 Seiten
In recent years, Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) has been the subject of increasing interest. A woman, a member of the landholding elite, an educator, and a daughter who lived under the historical shadow of her father, Edgeworth's life is difficult to categorize. Ironically, these very aspects of Edgeworth's identity that once excluded her from literary and historical discussions now form the basis of current interest in her life and her writing. This collection of essays builds on existing scholarship to develop new perspectives about Edgeworth's place in English and Irish history, literary history, and women's history. These essays explore the ways in which Edgeworth's entire adult life was an attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable, an attempt to justify and preserve her own privileged position even as she acknowledged the tenuousness of that position and as she sought to claim other privileges denied her. Christopher Fauske is the assistant dean in the School of Arts & Science at Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts. Heidi Kaufman is assistant Professor of English at the University of Delaware.
 

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Edgeworth the United Irishmen and More Intelligent Treason
33
History and Utopia in Ormond
62
The Death of Irish Culture?
84
Representing Ireland Fiction Realism and Authority
103
The Evaluation of Realism in Edgeworths Irish Tales
105
Irish Bulls Irish Novels the 1798 Rebellion and their Gothic Contexts
127
A Reconsideration of Ennui
146
Education Empire and the AngloIrish Dilemma
163
Belinda Education and Empire
192
Edgeworths Critique of Rousseaus Educational Theory
212
Edgeworths Influences
233
Mendelssohns Invisible Agency
235
Castle Rackrent and Edgeworths Influence on Sir Walter Scott
250
Bibliography
270
Contributors
283
Index
286

Fashion and Moral Authority in Edgeworths Tales
165

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