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

By Julia Kuehn

Many recognized male writers produced fictions approximately colonial areas and mentioned the 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 creative issues approximately representational conventions and probabilities. the writer explores those texts and pictures throughout the postcolonial framework of ‘exoticism’, arguing that the epistemological hindrance of a ‘self’ encountering an ‘other’ ends up in the interrelated situation to discover poetic modalities – mimetic, real looking and documentary at the one hand; romantic, outstanding and picturesque at the different – that befit an ‘exotic’ illustration. therefore ladies writers didn't purely perform the making of colonial fictions but additionally within the overdue nineteenth-century inventive debate in regards to the nature of fiction.

This e-book 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 completely on woman novelists, trip writers and painters of the turn-of-the-century unique, and particularly on overlooked authors of academically under-researched genres similar to the bestselling novel and the travelogue.

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