Ireland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature by Julia M. WrightIreland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature by Julia M. Wright

Ireland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature

byJulia M. Wright

Paperback | June 25, 2009

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In this innovative study Julia M. Wright addresses rarely asked questions: how and why does one colonized nation write about another? Wright focuses on the way nineteenth-century Irish writers wrote about India, showing how their own experience of colonial subjection and unfulfilled national aspirations informed their work. Their writings express sympathy with the colonised or oppressed people of India in order to unsettle nineteenth-century imperialist stereotypes, and demonstrate their own opposition to the idea and reality of empire. Drawing on Enlightenment philosophy, studies of nationalism, and postcolonial theory, Wright examines fiction by Maria Edgeworth and Lady Morgan, gothic tales by Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde, poetry by Thomas Moore and others, as well as a wide array of non-fiction prose. In doing so she opens up new avenues in Irish studies and nineteenth-century literature.
Title:Ireland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:June 25, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521114594

ISBN - 13:9780521114592


Table of Contents

Introduction: Insensible Empire; Part I. National Feeling, Colonial Mimicry, and Sympathetic Resolutions: 1. 'National feeling': the politics of Irish sensibility; 2. Empowering the colonized; or, virtue rewarded; 3. Travellers, converts, and demagogues; Part II. Colonial Gothic and the Circulation of Wealth: 4. On the frontier: imitation and colonial wealth in Edgeworth and Lewis; 5. 'Some neglected children': thwarted colonial genealogies; 6. Stoker and Wilde: all points east; Conclusion; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"...opens new territory...and interesting book. Summing up: Recommended."
-J.C. Kohl, Choice