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The European MetropolisParis and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists$
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Matthew L. Reznicek

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954323

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781942954323.001.0001

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date: 23 September 2018

The Novice in the City

The Novice in the City

Sydney Owenson and the Bildung of Metropolitan Economics

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(p.25) Chapter One The Novice in the City
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The European Metropolis
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Matthew L. Reznicek

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781942954323.003.0002

This chapter explores two competing representations of Paris in an early- and a late-career novel by Sydney Owenson. It argues that, in The Novice of Saint Dominick, Paris functions as a conservative site of socialization, while in The O’Briens and the O’Flahertys, the French capital becomes a site of liberal reforms and social mobility.In the earlier novel, Owenson focuses on the dangers of a woman’s involvement in metropolitan economics in order to enforce her submission to a masculine authority through the use of debts and cosmopolitan understandings of the market. The later novel uses the Paris Opera house to highlight the development of urban literacy.

Keywords:   Sydney Owenson, The Novice of Saint Dominick, The O’Briens and the O’Flahertys, Cosmopolitanism, Social Mobility

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