An Uncomfortable Authority: Maria Edgeworth and Her Contexts by Heidi Kaufman, Chris Fauske

By Heidi Kaufman, Chris Fauske

Lately, Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) has been the topic of accelerating curiosity. a girl, a member of the landholding elite, an educator, and a daughter who lived lower than the ancient shadow of her father, Edgeworth's existence is hard to categorize. sarcastically, the very elements of Edgeworth's id that after excluded her from literary and ancient discussions now shape the foundation of present curiosity in her lifestyles and her writing. This selection of essays builds on current scholarship to enhance new views approximately Edgeworth's position in English and Irish background, literary historical past, and women's heritage. those essays discover the ways that Edgeworth's complete grownup existence used to be an try to reconcile the irreconcilable, an try to justify and defend her personal privileged place whilst she stated the tenuousness of that place and as she sought to assert different privileges denied her.

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An Uncomfortable Authority This page intentionally left blank Part I History, Mythology, and Edgeworth’s Ireland This page intentionally left blank Edgeworth, the United Irishmen, and ‘‘More Intelligent Treason’’ Marilyn Butler IN THE LAST TWO DECADES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WE SAW FROM Irish historians a fine collective effort to describe and assess the politics, local and national, of late eighteenth-century Ireland. 3 There is a (long-belated) new tendency to examine the United Irish poet Tom Moore and his origins.

Drawing on midcentury Scottish critics’ established interest in popular culture and the vernacular, the Edgeworths put together an analytical and philosophic case for folk tradition, low comedy, and regional dialect—the terms on which the spoken language deserves respect and equal status with other vernaculars. 22 The approval accorded to these implicitly democratic ‘‘one nation’’ Scottish intellectuals echoes the ‘‘good news’’ stories carried by the Northern Star on mainland British liberals, and serves as a reminder that the United Irish policy of unity across classes and religions was largely driven by ‘‘Scottish’’ Ulster Presbyterians.

The former earl, now named O’Donohoe, adds his wife’s name Delamere to his own name to become Donohoe-de-la-mer or de-la-mere. The medieval O’Donohoe, a hero in the Killarney region, according to legend walked out over the lake and under it when he felt ready to die, but not before he had told his people that if needed he would return. Though deliverers in Irish legend habitually came from across the sea, it would have been equally appropriate for the O’Donohoe to have come from the ‘‘mere,’’ or Lake Killarney.

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