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Scottish and Irish Romanticism$
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Murray Pittock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232796.001.0001

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Maria Edgeworth: Language, Culture, and the Irish Sphere

Maria Edgeworth: Language, Culture, and the Irish Sphere

(p.166) 7 Maria Edgeworth: Language, Culture, and the Irish Sphere
Scottish and Irish Romanticism

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This chapter assesses the debate over the extent of Edgeworth's linguistic and cultural radicalism in the national tale, and argues that her use of language is in fact quite similar to Burns', being read differently in part at least as a result of class prejudice. A detailed account of the innovative quality of her major works, and their relationship to the writing and ideas of Adam Smith and other writers follows.

Keywords:   Bull, Edgeworth, National Tale, Sentiment, Adam Smith

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