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Author Kuzmic, Tatiana, author

Title Adulterous Nations : Family Politics and National Anxiety in the European Novel / Tatiana Kuzmic
Published Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2016
(Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
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Description 1 online resource (pages cm)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Empires -- Middlemarch : the English heroine and the Polish rebel(lions) -- Effi Briest : German realism and the young empire -- Anna Karenina : the Slavonic question and the dismembered adulteress -- Nations -- The goldsmith's gold : the origins of Yugoslavism and the birth of the Croatian novel -- Quo vadis : Polish messianism and the proselytizing heroine
Summary In Adulterous Nations, Tatiana Kuzmic enlarges our perspective on the nineteenth-century novel of adultery and how it often served as a metaphor for relationships between the imperial and the colonized. In the context of the long-standing practice of gendering nations as female, the novels discussed?Eliot's Middlemarch, Fontane's Effi Briest, and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, along with"enoa's The Goldsmith's Gold and Sienkiewicz's Quo Vadis?can be understood as depicting international crises on the scale of the nuclear family. Kuzmic argues that the hopes, anxieties, and interests of European nations in this period can be discerned in the destabilizing force of adultery. Reading the work of"enoa and Sienkiewicz, Kuzmic illuminates the relationship between the literature of dominant nations and that of the semicolonized territories that posed a threat to them. Kuzmic's study enhances our understanding of not only these novels but nineteenth-century European literature more generally
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Adultery in literature.
European fiction -- History and criticism.
Nationalism in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Project Muse.
LC no. 2016007596
ISBN 0810133970
9780810133976 (paperback: alk. paper)
9780810133983 (cloth : alk. paper)