Adulterous Nations: Family Politics and National Anxiety in by Tatiana Kuzmic

By Tatiana Kuzmic

In Adulterous Nations, Tatiana Kuzmic enlarges our point of view at the nineteenth-century novel of adultery, exhibiting the way it frequently served as a metaphor for relationships among the imperialistic and the colonized. within the context of the long-standing perform of gendering international locations as girl, the novels less than dialogue here—George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest, and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, in addition to August Šenoa’s The Goldsmith’s Gold and Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis—can be understood as depicting foreign crises at the scale of the . In each one instance, an intruder determine is chargeable for the disruption skilled via the family members. Kuzmic deftly argues that the hopes, anxieties, and pursuits of eu countries in this interval will be discerned within the destabilizing strength of adultery. studying the paintings of Šenoa and Sienkiewicz, from Croatia and Poland, respectively, Kuzmic illuminates the connection among the literature of dominant international locations and that of the semicolonized territories that posed a hazard to them. eventually, Kuzmic’s research complements our knowing of not just those 5 novels yet nineteenth-century ecu literature extra generally.

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