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dc.contributor.advisorEvans, David Elwyn
dc.contributor.authorBerrow, Danielle Amy
dc.coverage.spatial211 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThrough an ecocritical lens, this thesis investigates the interrelatedness of the themes of environment, citizenship, and nation in Madame de Genlis’s depiction of post-Revolutionary France. At the heart of the ecocritical project is the notion that humankind must re-evaluate its relationship with the endangered natural world in order to protect the ecosphere; ecocriticism provides tools for re-conceptualising the ways human communities exist, and have existed, in their respective environments. A prolific author of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Madame de Genlis engages with such issues in her texts, responding to serious threats posed to the survival of rural communities following the French Revolution, such as the disintegration of socio-political hierarchies, the rise of individualism, and the mismanagement of agricultural land. In the light of post-Revolutionary discourses of liberté, égalité, and fraternité, this thesis explores how Madame de Genlis’s texts present reconstructive narrative strategies for coming to terms with dramatic socio-political upheaval. In particular, her instructional texts - hitherto neglected by scholarship - encourage readers to re-personalise their relationship with the natural world by exploring the multiple moral and practical dimensions of the rural home. Madame de Genlis’s preoccupation with the natural world, expressed here in terms of a ‘rural model’, is the subject of the first chapter. The second chapter examines the notion of social responsibility within this model, while the third chapter considers the ways in which texts, as socio-cultural products, contribute to the re-imagining of a nation under construction.en
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectPost-Revolutionary Franceen
dc.subjectMadame de Genlis
dc.subjectNineteenth centuryen
dc.subjectRural homeen
dc.subject.lcshGenlis, Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de, 1746-1830
dc.subject.lcshPolitics and literature--France--History--18th centuryen
dc.subject.lcshWomen authors, French--Political activityen
dc.subject.lcshNature in literatureen
dc.subject.lcshEcology in literatureen
dc.titleMadame de Genlis : environment, citizenship, and the nation in post-revolutionary Franceen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorGapper Charitable Trusten_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

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