A Female Poetics of Empire: From Eliot to Woolf (Routledge by Julia Kuehn PDF

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By Julia Kuehn

Many famous male writers produced fictions approximately colonial areas and mentioned some great benefits of realism over romance, and vice versa, within the ‘art of fiction’ debate of the Eighteen Eighties; yet how did female writers give a contribution to colonial fiction?

This quantity hyperlinks fictional, non-fictional and pictorial representations of a colonial otherness with the past due nineteenth-century inventive issues approximately representational conventions and chances. the writer explores those texts and photographs in the course of the postcolonial framework of ‘exoticism’, arguing that the epistemological hassle of a ‘self’ encountering an ‘other’ ends up in the interrelated concern to discover poetic modalities – mimetic, real looking and documentary at the one hand; romantic, really good and picturesque at the different – that befit an ‘exotic’ illustration. hence girls writers didn't simply perform the making of colonial fictions but in addition within the past due nineteenth-century inventive debate in regards to the nature of fiction.

This ebook maps the epistemological matters of exoticism and of distinction – self and different, domestic and away, familiarity and strangeness – onto the representational modes of realism and romance. the writer focuses solely on girl novelists, commute writers and painters of the turn-of-the-century unique, and particularly on overlooked authors of academically under-researched genres akin to the bestselling novel and the travelogue.

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