Tara Ghoshal Wallace
Home and Periphery in Eighteenth-Century Literature
During the long eighteenth century, Britain won and lost an empire in North America while consolidating its hegemony on the Indian subcontinent. The idea of imperial Britain became an essential piece of national self-definition, so that to be British was to be a citizen of an imperial power. The British literary imagination inevitably participated in the formulation and interrogation of this new national character, examining in fiction empire's effects on the world at home.
About the author:
Tara Ghoshal Wallace was born in India and grew up in Calcutta and Washington, D.C. She is Professor of English at The George Washington University, where she also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Arts and Sciences. The editor of Frances Burney's A Busy Day (1984) and co-editor of Women Critics 1660-1820: An Anthology (1995), Professor Wallace is the author of Jane Austen and Narrative Authority (1995), and of numerous articles on Austen, Walter Scott, Dr. Johnson, Frances Burney, Tobias Smollett, and Elizabeth Hamilton.