In this Book

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. iii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. iv
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  1. Introduction: Worldly Realism
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. Part I Systems and Things
  1. 1 Sense and Sensibility: Wishing is Believing
  2. pp. 29-54
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  1. 2 Mrs Dalloway: The Spirit of Religion was Abroad
  2. pp. 55-80
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  1. Part II Nation and Universe
  1. 3 Emma: A Prospect of England
  2. pp. 83-106
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  1. 4 The Waves: Blasphemy of Laughter and Criticism
  2. pp. 107-136
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  1. Part III Guns and Plumbing
  1. 5 Persuasion: Fellow Creatures
  2. pp. 139-166
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  1. 6 The Years: Moment of Transition
  2. pp. 167-197
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 198-202
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 203-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 218-220
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781474423533
Related ISBN
9781474419130
MARC Record
OCLC
1111384730
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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