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The Victorian Geopolitical AestheticRealism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience$
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Lauren M. E. Goodlad

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728276.001.0001

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Toward a Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic

Toward a Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic

(p.19) 1 Toward a Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic
The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic

Lauren M. E. Goodlad

Oxford University Press

Setting forth the challenges that guide this study, Chapter 1 looks at current frameworks for transnational scholarship, noting the tendency for ethical approaches to literature and culture to isolate themselves from historicism’s focus on material conditions, and vice versa. The introduction lays out a theory of the Victorian geopolitical aesthetic which integrates artistic expression and geohistorical structure and, in doing so, calls for openness to the normative aspirations of both poststructuralism and the Enlightenment. Calling for renewed attention to literary form, the book argues for the range and intensity of nineteenth-century fiction’s aesthetic engagements with global encounter. The subsequent chapters do not so much redeem a set of novelistic conventions as prize open the category of realism to appreciate its suppleness, variety, and longevity.

Keywords:   transnational experience, globalization, cosmopolitanism, geopolitical aesthetic, Georg Lukács, Fredric Jameson, Raymond Williams, realism

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