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In Lady Audley's ShadowMary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres$
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Saverio Tomaiuolo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641154

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.001.0001

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John Marchmont’s Legacy and the Topologies of Dispossession

John Marchmont’s Legacy and the Topologies of Dispossession

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(p.41) Chapter 2 John Marchmont’s Legacy and the Topologies of Dispossession
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In Lady Audley's Shadow
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Saverio Tomaiuolo

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0003

This chapter examines John Marchmont’s Legacy, where Braddon contrasts Marchmont Towers with railways and trains, and looks at how she connects both images with the theme of ‘dispossession’ that can be found throughout the whole novel. Marchmont Towers serves as the most significant ‘chronotope’ in the novel, through which ‘time’ and ‘space’ are combined and compressed in a single topological unity. The chapter also notes that the novel prioritises legacy and dispossession, which are seen as existential and economic paradigms.

Keywords:   John Marchmont’s Legacy, Marchmont Towers, railways and trains, dispossession, chronotope, time and space, legacy, existential paradigms, economic paradigms

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