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, displaying the way it usually served as a metaphor for relationships among the imperialistic and the colonized. within the context of the long-standing perform of gendering countries as woman, the novels lower than dialogue here—George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest, and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, besides August Šenoa’s The Goldsmith’s Gold and Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis—can be understood as depicting overseas crises at the scale of the . In every one instance, an interloper determine is chargeable for the disruption skilled via the relations. Kuzmic deftly argues that the hopes, anxieties, and pursuits of ecu countries in this interval will be discerned within the destabilizing strength of adultery. interpreting 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 learn complements our realizing of not just those 5 novels yet nineteenth-century eu literature extra generally.

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