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By Ann Thwaite

Most folks have heard of "Little Lord Fauntlero"y, and of "The mystery Garden." but few humans observe that an analogous lady wrote either books, 25 years aside, and was once thought of, besides Henry James, one of many major writers in the US at the power of the grownup novels which made her identify within the 1870s and Eighteen Eighties. Frances Hodgson Burnett's favorite subject in fiction used to be the reversal of fortune, and he or she herself knew extremes of poverty and wealth. Born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated along with her family members to Tennessee on the shut of the Civil conflict. at the floor, her existence was once tremendous profitable. She performed the jobs of recognized author and Fairy Godmother with enthusiasm, yet happiness eluded her. She was once continually looking forward to the social gathering, however it went on in different rooms.

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14 Traces of wartime nationalism are discernible in its rapid growth after the war. In Leavis’ version of English, individual and social values were to be contemplated in a discourse emptied of political considerations. The Scrutiny group claimed to be concerned with the ‘essentially human’. Like the nineteenth-century liberal humanism of John Stuart Mill, however, it maintained a restrictive notion of humanity. In-groupish and elitist, it refused interrogation in terms other than its own. To put the matter bluntly: Leavis constructed a ‘great tradition’ of the English novel that contained a George Eliot without her feminism, a Henry James who was not an aesthete, a Conrad indifferent to the politics of imperialism, and a D.

4 In order to specify the nature of Conradian knowledge and situate it discursively, I will draw on a range of disciplines with overlapping concerns, especially epistemology, politics and history. The resultant spread of texts corresponds roughly with Foucault’s notion of the ‘archaeological field’ of an ideological formation. I start with the hypothesis that Conrad’s turn-of-the-century fictions were written in a time of epistemological crisis. As older discourses came under threat, and newer ones were yet to be established, accredited knowledge experienced a moment of hiatus.

It is a question of what governs statements, and the way in which they govern each other so as to constitute a set of propositions which are scientifically acceptable . . In short, there is a problem of the regime, the politics of the scientific statement . . of what effects of power 26 Locations circulate among scientific statements, what constitutes, as it were, their internal regime of power, and how and why at certain times and at certain moments that regime undergoes a global modification.

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