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Author Morris, Pam, 1940-

Title Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism / Pam Morris.

Publication Info. Edinburgh, UK : Edinburgh University Press, [2017]


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Contents Introduction: Worldly realism -- Part I: Systems and things -- Sense and sensibility: wishing is believing -- Mrs. Dalloway: the spirit of religion was abroad -- Part II: Nation and universe -- Emma: a prospect of England -- The waves: blasphemy of laughter and criticism -- Part III: Guns and plumbing -- Persuasion: fellow creatures -- The years: moment of transition -- Conclusion.
Summary Austen and Woolf are materialists, this book argues. 'Things' in their novels give us entry into some of the most contentious issues of the day. This wholly materialist understanding produces worldly realism, an experimental writing practice which asserts egalitarian continuity between people, things and the physical world. This radical redistribution of the importance of material objects and biological existence, challenges the traditional idealist hierarchy of mind over matter that has justified gender, class and race subordination. Entering their writing careers at the critical moments of the French Revolution and the First World War respectively, and sharing a political inheritance of Scottish Enlightenment scepticism, Austen's and Woolf's rigorous critiques of the dangers of mental vision unchecked by facts is more timely than ever in the current world dominated by fundamentalist neo-liberal, religious and nationalist belief systems.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Language In English.
Subject Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. (OCoLC)fst00032929
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. (OCoLC)fst00033879
Woolf, Virginia 1882-1941 (DE-588)118635174
Austen, Jane 1775-1817 (DE-588)118505173
Realism in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Biography and True Stories.
Realism in literature. (OCoLC)fst01091237
Materialismus (DE-588)4127749-1
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: 9781474419130 1474419135 (OCoLC)954429392
ISBN 9781474419147 (electronic bk.)
1474419143 (electronic bk.)
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