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The Secret of Castle Rackrent
Taylor & Francis
Often described as original or inimitable, Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent has a reputation as a one-off experiment, a type of writing not to be attempted again in the author’s own lifetime. This essay reappraises the novel’s reputation, not in order to deny its exceptional status but rather to renew our understanding of Edgeworth’s precocious literary achievements. I analyze Castle Rackrent’s distinctively bookish approach to the past in relation to the culture of Irish Romanticism, arguing that ideas of agency and mediation are central to the novel’s astonishing ability to reimagine relationships between voice, print, and history.
Castle Rackrent , Maria Edgeworth , Irish Romanticism , Romanticism
Connolly, C. (2020) 'The Secret of Castle Rackrent', European Romantic Review, 31(6), pp. 663-679. doi: 10.1080/10509585.2020.1831055
© Claire Connolly 2020. All Rights Reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Romantic Review on 15 Dec 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10509585.2020.1831055