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Many well-known "male" writers produced fictions about colonial spaces and discussed the advantages of realism over romance, and vice versa, in the art of fiction debate of the 1880s; but how did "female" writers contribute to colonial fiction?
This volume links fictional, non-fictional and pictorial representations of a colonial otherness with the late nineteenth-century artistic concerns about representational conventions and possibilities. The author explores these texts and images through the postcolonial framework of exoticism, arguing that the epistemological dilemma of a self encountering an other results in the interrelated predicament to find poetic modalities mimetic, realistic and documentary on the one hand; romantic, fantastic and picturesque on the other that befit an exotic representation. Thus women writers did not only participate in the making of colonial fictions but also in the late nineteenth-century artistic debate about the nature of fiction.
This book maps the epistemological concerns of exoticism and of difference self and other, home and away, familiarity and strangeness onto the representational modes of realism and romance. The author focuses exclusively on female novelists, travel writers and painters of the turn-of-the-century exotic, and especially on neglected authors of academically under-researched genres such as the bestselling novel and the travelogue.
|Number of Pages:||253|
|Series Title:||Routledge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||5.00 x 8.00 x 1.00 Inches|
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