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The Resource Domestic realities and imperial fictions : Jane Austen's novels in eighteenth-century contexts, Maaja A. Stewart

Domestic realities and imperial fictions : Jane Austen's novels in eighteenth-century contexts, Maaja A. Stewart

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Domestic realities and imperial fictions : Jane Austen's novels in eighteenth-century contexts
Title
Domestic realities and imperial fictions
Title remainder
Jane Austen's novels in eighteenth-century contexts
Statement of responsibility
Maaja A. Stewart
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Domestic Realities and Imperial Fictions, Maaja A. Stewart juxtaposes the discourses of late eighteenth-century domesticity and imperialism to provide an original and compelling reading of Jane Austen's novels. Stewart contends that the sphere of domesticity largely associated with women during this era was constructed alongside - and in complex relation to - the changing socioeconomic conditions of England as a whole. At the center of these changing conditions was the British drive toward empire. Stewart's double focus on home and empire illuminates the varied ways in which imperialism penetrated the daily lives of women, who were deceptively represented as being largely untouched by England's overseas trade, its conquest of India, and its cultivation of West Indian slave plantations. This focus also illuminates the challenge the imperial enterprise posed to social and ethical systems of the gentry. Stewart's concrete point of entry to this material is a central narrative in Austen's novels - the struggle for mastery between the older son who inherits the traditional estate and the younger sons who enter various colonial services, gain wealth, and return to contest the supremacy of the older brother. This contest, Stewart argues, transforms the traditional paternal country house into a maternal domestic space. In this context, domesticity reveals itself to be a compensatory realm, a world of denials and false appearances, where the brute realities of imperial domination could be symbolically transformed. By situating the ideologically charged domestic space in the larger context of British imperialism, Stewart shows how the construction of female subjectivity and female virtue were both an antidote to and a mask for colonial aggression. Stewart's approach - poststructuralist, postcolonial, and intertextual - yields a revisionary rereading of Austen's novels. The model she offers can also be used to reread texts other than Austen's and thus invites a fresh examination of the dominant cultural discourses at the beginning of modernity
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Stewart, Maaja A
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Austen, Jane
  • Literature and society
  • Political fiction, English
  • Domestic fiction, English
  • Social problems in literature
  • Imperialism in literature
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Domestic realities and imperial fictions : Jane Austen's novels in eighteenth-century contexts, Maaja A. Stewart
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-203) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. In My Father's House: Brothers, Sisters, and Property -- 2. Wit and Knowledge of the World: Pride and Prejudice -- 3. Sentimental Returns: Imperialism and Domesticity in Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion -- 4. Shadow Behind the Country House: West Indian Slavery and Female Virtue in Mansfield Park -- 5. The Heiress, Spinsters, and Gypsies: Emma
Control code
27011009
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 209 pages
Isbn
9780820315409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1559752
Label
Domestic realities and imperial fictions : Jane Austen's novels in eighteenth-century contexts, Maaja A. Stewart
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-203) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. In My Father's House: Brothers, Sisters, and Property -- 2. Wit and Knowledge of the World: Pride and Prejudice -- 3. Sentimental Returns: Imperialism and Domesticity in Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion -- 4. Shadow Behind the Country House: West Indian Slavery and Female Virtue in Mansfield Park -- 5. The Heiress, Spinsters, and Gypsies: Emma
Control code
27011009
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 209 pages
Isbn
9780820315409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1559752

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