By Mary Jean Corbett
Corbett explores fictional and nonfictional representations of Ireland's dating with England through the 19th century. She considers the makes use of of familial and family metaphors in structuring narratives that enact the ''union'' of britain and eire. Corbett situates her readings of novels through Edgeworth, Gaskell, and Trollope, and writings through Burke, Engels, and Mill, in the various old contexts that form them. She revises the severe orthodoxies surrounding colonial discourse that presently be triumphant in Irish and English experiences, and provides a clean point of view on vital elements of Victorian tradition.
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Extra info for Allegories of Union in Irish and English Writing, 1790-1870: Politics, History, and the Family from Edgeworth to Arnold
And the parliamentary agitation that issued in the repeal of Poynings’ Act in gave the Irish parliament greater freedom to legislate for Ireland, but without essentially altering the fact of direct British rule in the form of the Dublin Castle executive. If landed protestants in parliament had their grievances against the imperial power, so, too, did these less powerful constituencies: prosperous middle-class dissenters and Dublin catholics formed extra-parliamentary associations such as the United Irishmen and the Catholic Committee to push, respectively, for parliamentary reform and catholic emancipation.
Having declared French imports injurious to true British interests, he sets out to demonstrate that the established principles of government and society are indigenous historical products of British national life; in so doing, he sets in motion the ﬂow of associations between domestic and political forms of order that runs throughout the Reﬂections. Burke borrows his primary metaphors for political society from the aristocratic idiom of the landed estate and patrilineal succession, which naturalizes the link between property and paternity.
And has extended through all ranks of life, as if she were communicating some privilege or laying open some secluded beneﬁt, all the unhappy corruptions that usually were the disease of wealth and power. () As the ‘‘austere and masculine’’ give way to ‘‘a ferocious dissoluteness,’’ the ‘‘disease’’ of aristocratic manners – often associated in Burke, as in the work of Mary Wollstonecraft, with sexual license – spreads throughout the body politic, infecting all ranks; if not explicitly labeled as such, the eﬀeminate or feminine character of the carriers of this plague is yet suggested.
Allegories of Union in Irish and English Writing, 1790-1870: Politics, History, and the Family from Edgeworth to Arnold by Mary Jean Corbett