Politics and Poetics of the Novel: Using Domesticity to Create the Nation

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2016-06-06

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Armstrong, Nancy

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This thesis examines how the depiction of the family during war reinforces or challenges societal values in three nineteenth-century novels. The primary focus lies in three novels by Sir Walter Scott, Leo Tolstoy, and Harriet Beecher Stowe that represent the perspectives of England, Russia, and the United States, respectively, and their evolving nationalism as the roots of the Napoleonic Wars and the American Civil War became visible. By investigating the interaction between economic classes, it can be concluded that the preservation of the family is inherently dependent on social status in some nations, while in others, it is integral to daily life regardless of class. The backdrop of impending war only serves to heighten national differences, overturn the organization of the family hierarchy, and redefine the idea of the modern household.

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Coric, Katherine (2016). Politics and Poetics of the Novel: Using Domesticity to Create the Nation. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/12376.


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