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By Sara L. Maurer

Do indigenous peoples have an unassailable correct to the land they've got labored and lived on, or are these rights conferred and guarded merely while a robust political authority exists? within the culture of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, who vigorously debated the thorny notion of estate rights, Sara L. Maurer right here appears on the query because it utilized to British principles approximately Irish nationalism within the 19th century.

This e-book connects the Victorian novel’s preoccupation with the landed property to nineteenth-century debates approximately estate, particularly because it performed out within the English profession of eire. Victorian writers have been drawn to the query of no matter if the Irish had rights to their land that can neither be bestowed nor taken away by means of England. In studying how those principles have been represented via a century of British and Irish fiction, journalism, and political conception, Maurer recovers the large impact of Irish tradition at the remainder of the British Isles.

By targeting the possession of land, The Dispossessed State demanding situations present scholarly traits to discuss Victorian estate completely as a commodity. Maurer brings jointly canonical British novelists―Maria Edgeworth, Anthony Trollope, George Moore, and George Meredith―with the writings of significant British political theorists―John Stuart Mill, Henry Sumner Maine, and William Gladstone―to illustrate Ireland’s relevant function within the literary mind's eye of england within the 19th century.

The e-book addresses 3 key questions in Victorian studies―property, the kingdom, and nationwide identity―and will curiosity students of the interval in addition to these in Irish reports, postcolonial concept, and gender studies.

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