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 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 overdue nineteenth-century inventive matters approximately representational conventions and probabilities. the writer explores those texts and pictures 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 situation to discover poetic modalities – mimetic, real looking and documentary at the one hand; romantic, marvelous and picturesque at the different – that befit an ‘exotic’ illustration. hence ladies writers didn't in simple terms 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 publication maps the epistemological issues 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 lady novelists, trip writers and painters of the turn-of-the-century unique, and particularly on overlooked authors of academically under-researched genres equivalent to the bestselling novel and the travelogue.

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