Revolutionary Subjects in the English 'Jacobin' Novel
Miriam L. Wallace
Revolutionary Subjects in the English "Jacobin" Novel engages ongoing debates on subject formation and rights discourse through the so-called "English Jacobin" novels. Ostensibly celebrating the universal rights-bearing subject, these political novels inadvertently also questioned the limitations of such universal conceptions. Including works by both men and women, and those normatively identified as radical alongside others considered more conservative or even "anti-Jacobin," this work examines the shared efforts to represent developing political consciousness and to inculcate such consciousness in readers across a reformist continuum.
About the author:
Miriam L. Wallace is Associate Professor of British and American Literature at New College of Florida. She has written on embodied masculinity in Tristram Shandy, gendered subjects in Elizabeth Inchbald's A Simple Story, feminism in Mary Hay's Emma Courtney, and on Thomas Holcroft's 1794 trial for "constructive treason." Co-winner of the 1997 ASECS Teaching Award for "The French Revolution and the Cultural Imagination," Wallace produced a classroom edition of Memoirs of Emma Courtney and Adeline Mowbray; or the Mother and the Daughter (2004). Her current research examines sites of transgressive speech and legal fictions, including riots, trials, mutinies, Quaker writers, and crim.com cases.