Allegories of Union in Irish and English Writing, 1790-1870: Politics, History, and the Family from Edgeworth to Arnold by Mary Jean CorbettAllegories of Union in Irish and English Writing, 1790-1870: Politics, History, and the Family from Edgeworth to Arnold by Mary Jean Corbett

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Corbett explores fictional and nonfictional representations of Ireland's relationship with England throughout the nineteenth century. She considers the uses of familial and domestic metaphors in structuring narratives that enact the "union" of England and Ireland. Corbett situates her readings of novels by Edgeworth, Gaskell, and Trollope, and writings by Burke, Engels, and Mill, within the varying historical contexts that shape them. She revises the critical orthodoxies surrounding colonial discourse that currently prevail in Irish and English studies, and offers a fresh perspective on important aspects of Victorian culture.

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Title:Allegories of Union in Irish and English Writing, 1790-1870: Politics, History, and the Family from…Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Public affections and familial politics: Burke, Edgeworth, and Ireland in the 1790s; 2. Allegories of prescription: engendering union in Owenson and Edgeworth; 3. Troubling others: representing the Immigrant Irish in Urban England at mid-century; 4. Plotting colonial authority: Trollope's Ireland, 1845-1860; 5. England's opportunity, England's character: Arnold, Mill and the Fate of the Union in the 1860s; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"...a very timely book that brings concerns regarding gender and postcolonialism to bear on the discourse--specifically political commentary and novels--regarding the relationship between Ireland and England from the 1790s to the 1860s...Corbett's book is impressively lucid..." Victorian Studies