Maria Edgeworth: Women, Enlightenment and Nation

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Ó Gallchoir, Clíona
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This innovative book reassess the place of Maria Edgeworth within the Irish literary canon by illuminating the connections between her views on gender and her construction of Ireland, beginning in the revolutionary decade of the 1790s and ending in the aftermath of Catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform. O Gallchoir addresses the full scope of Edgeworth's writing, creating a context within which Edgeworth's Irish novels can be read alongside tales and novels set in England and France: undervalued texts are recovered and better-known ones are shown in a new light. Edgeworth's commitment to the values of the Enlightenment is explored in the context of her indebtedness to the work of French women writers and her sophisticated awareness of the precarious position of the woman writer in society.
Maria Edgeworth , Women authors , Irish literature , Romantic-period novel , Enlightenment , Feminist literary criticism
Ó Gallchoir, C. (2005) Maria Edgeworth: Women, Enlightenment and Nation. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.
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© 2005, Clíona Ó Gallchoir. First published in 2005 by University College Dublin Press. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher.