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Novel Institutions: Anachronism, Irish Novels and Nineteenth-Century Realism

Mary L. Mullen


Novel Institutions rethinks the politics of institutions by reinterpreting the most institutional of literary forms: nineteenth-century British realism. Although realist novels, like institutions, mediate social life through a set of formal conventions and informal expectations, they also offer strategies for more capacious political imagining through their prevalent anachronisms. These anachronisms—untimely chronologies, obsolete practices, and out-of-date characters—unsettle the shared time of institutions and the consensus it fosters. Paying unprecedented attention to Irish novels, this boo ... More

Keywords: Realism, Ireland, Institution, Time, Novels, Anachronism, Literary Form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474453240
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474453240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary L. Mullen, author