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October 05, 2012

Week 2 Questions

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Maria Edgeworth's house

For the week 2 seminar prepare notes on the following issues:

The narrator: what is the impact of the first-person narration? Is Thady a reliable narrator? What is the relationship between Thady's narration and the surrounding editorial material - preface, footnotes, glossary?

The big house: in what ways is the house significant, and what values is it associated with? What does the novel criticise and endorse? How do class tensions intersect with issues of nationality?

The position of women: what part do women play in this narrative? How do gender, class and nation intersect?


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