Drawing on the protocols and structures of experimental science, the early nineteenth-century novelist Maria Edgeworth develops objectivity as a dimension of plot rather than of narrative viewpoint. In her novels, plot becomes a means of producing legitimately objective facts within a fictive universe.
Bad Plots and Objectivity in Maria Edgeworth
Yoon Sun Lee is the author of Nationalism and Irony: Burke, Scott, Carlyle and Modern Minority: Asian American Literature and Everyday Life (both Oxford University Press); her articles can be found in MLQ, Studies in Romanticism, and TheCambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel, as well as other journals and collections. Her current book project focuses on the question of how to theorize plot in the novel.
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Yoon Sun Lee; Bad Plots and Objectivity in Maria Edgeworth. Representations 1 August 2017; 139 (1): 34–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2017.139.1.34
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