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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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Much More than Only Le Bel Irlandois

Much More than Only Le Bel Irlandois

Metropolitan Socioeconomics and Parisian Bildung in Maria Edgeworth’s Ormond

(p.63) Chapter Two Much More than Only Le Bel Irlandois
The European Metropolis

Matthew L. Reznicek

Liverpool University Press

Thischapter reverses critical understandings of Maria Edgeworth’s representation of Paris in her last Irish Tale, which have often characterized the scenes in France as an interlude. Instead, this analysis reveals the complex role Paris plays in positioning Edgeworth’s writings in dialogue with the leading ideas of the French Enlightenment, especially those of the Abbé Morellet. Ormond’s Bildung becomes a rejection of speculative investments in favour of a more socially responsible form of economics.

Keywords:   Maria Edgeworth, Ormond, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Enlightenment, Adam Smith, Political Economy

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