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Novel InstitutionsAnachronism, Irish Novels and Nineteenth-Century Realism$
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Mary L. Mullen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474453240

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474453240.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Novel Institutions
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Mary L. Mullen

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474453240.003.0001

The introduction offers a new understanding of the politics of institutions and a new transnational account of British realism. The introduction suggests that nineteenth-century British realist novels express the tensions between shared institutional time and unruly anachronisms. In realist novels, especially realist novels in colonial settings, representing how characters inhabit institutions means encountering alternative temporalities and envisioning otherwise possibilities. This introduction makes the case for the importance of nineteenth-century Irish realist novels not only because they exemplify the temporal and political contradictions that define realism but also because their prevalent anachronisms insist that institutional time is not neutral or merely disciplinary: it structures empire.

Keywords:   Realism, Irish novel, Temporality, Anachronism, Institution, Futurity, Modernity, Empire

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