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By Julia Kuehn

Many famous male writers produced fictions approximately colonial areas and mentioned the benefits of realism over romance, and vice versa, within the ‘art of fiction’ debate of the Eighteen Eighties; yet how did female writers give a contribution to colonial fiction?

This quantity hyperlinks fictional, non-fictional and pictorial representations of a colonial otherness with the overdue nineteenth-century creative issues approximately representational conventions and percentages. the writer explores those texts and photographs throughout the postcolonial framework of ‘exoticism’, arguing that the epistemological challenge of a ‘self’ encountering an ‘other’ ends up in the interrelated quandary to discover poetic modalities – mimetic, lifelike and documentary at the one hand; romantic, very good and picturesque at the different – that befit an ‘exotic’ illustration. therefore ladies writers didn't purely perform the making of colonial fictions but additionally within the overdue nineteenth-century creative debate concerning the nature of fiction.

This publication maps the epistemological issues of exoticism and of distinction – self and different, domestic and away, familiarity and strangeness – onto the representational modes of realism and romance. the writer focuses completely on woman novelists, trip writers and painters of the turn-of-the-century unique, and particularly on missed authors of academically under-researched genres corresponding to the bestselling novel and the travelogue.

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