The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience by Lauren M. E. GoodladThe Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience by Lauren M. E. Goodlad

The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience

byLauren M. E. Goodlad

Hardcover | March 4, 2015

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How did realist fiction alter in the effort to craft forms and genres receptive to the dynamism of an expanding empire and globalizing world? Do these nineteenth-century variations on the "geopolitical aesthetic" continue to resonate today? Crossing literary criticism, political theory, andlongue duree history, The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic explores these questions from the standpoint of nineteenth-century novelists such as Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Gustave Flaubert, and Anthony Trollope, as well as successors including E. M. Forster and the creators of recent televisionserials. By looking at the category of "sovereignty" at multiple scales and in diverse contexts, Lauren M. E. Goodlad shows that the ideological crucible for "high" realism was not a hegemonic liberalism. It was, rather, a clash of modern liberal ideals struggling to distintricate themselves from apowerful conservative vision of empire while striving to negotiate the inequalities of power which a supposedly universalistic liberalism had helped to generate. The material occasion for the Victorian era's rich realist experiments was the long transition from an informal empire of trade that couldbe celebrated as liberal to a neo-feudal imperialism that only Tories could warmly embrace. The book places realism's geopolitical aesthetic at the heart of recurring modern experiences of breached sovereignty, forgotten history, and subjective exile. The Coda, titled "The Way We Historicize Now", concludes the study with connections to recent debates about "surface reading", "distantreading", and the hermeneutics of suspicion.
Lauren M. E. Goodlad is Professor of English and Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois where is also Provost Fellow for Undergraduate Education. From 2008 to 2014 she directed the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. She is the author of Victorian Literature and the Victorian State: Character and Gover...
Title:The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational ExperienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:March 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198728271

ISBN - 13:9780198728276


Table of Contents

Prologue1. Toward a Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic2. Imperial Sovereignty: the Limits of Liberalism and the Case of Mysore3. Trollopian "Foreign Policy": Rootedness and Cosmopolitanism in the Mid- Victorian Global Imaginary4. "India is a Bore": Imperial Governmentality in The Eustace Diamonds5. "Dark, Like Me": Archeology and Erfahrung in Armadale and The Moonstone6. The Adulterous Geopolitical Aesthetic: Romola contra Madame Bovary7. Where Liberals Fear to Tread: E. M. Forster's Queer Internationalism8. The Mad Men in the Attic: Seriality and Identity in the Narrative of Capitalist GlobalizationCoda: The Way We Historicize Now