Ancestry and Narrative in Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Blood Relations from Edgeworth to Hardy

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This study addresses the question of why ideas of ancestry and kinship were so important in nineteenth-century society, and particularly in the Victorian novel. Sophie Gilmartin discusses what makes people believe that they are part of a certain region, race or nation, and what part is played by superstitious belief, invented traditions and fictions. Gilmartin's study shows that ideas of ancestry and kinship, and the narratives inspired by or invented around them, were of profound significance in the construction of Victorian identity.
 

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Oral and written genealogies in Edgeworths The Absentee
23
the cult of Mary Queen of Scots
54
the case of Disraelis Sybil
103
Alternative pedigrees in Merediths
130
Pedigree and forgetting in Hardy
195
Hardys The WellBeloved
226
Conclusion
246
Notes
252
Bibliography
267
Index
276
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