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Natasha Tessone is associate professor in the English Department at Oberlin College, where she teaches courses on late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. Her articles and reviews have appeared in such journal as ELH, Studies in Romanticism, Studies in the Novel, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and Éire-Ireland.
Introduction: Inheriting the Novel
1. “[M]ementi of ancient national splendour”: Sydney Owenson’s Ireland
2. Prophesying the Past: Guy Mannering and Scott’s Grid of Inheritance
3. “Arresting fleeting property”: Inheritance and the (Il)legitimacy of Historical Discourse in Scott’s The Antiquary
4. Legacy of Blunder: Maria Edgeworth’s Ireland
5. Fielding Fielding: Irish Tom Jones and a Plea for Passion in Maria Edgeworth’s Ormond
6. A “fraud against aature”: John Galt’s The Entail
About the Author
Natasha Tessone offers an important intervention into current critical understandings of the novel’s reliance on and reimagining of structures of property and inheritance. In this thought-provoking study, she emphasizes the national dimension of the inheritance plot, examining novels by Irish and Scottish authors that feature dispossession, broken families, and restrictive entails.... A real strength of Disputed Titles is its compelling close readings of the novels under consideration.... Tessone seamlessly integrates complex theory into her arguments.... In this strikingly original book, Tessone encourages us to see the rise of the novel anew by moving novels from the Irish and Scottish “peripheries” of Britain to the centre of that rise.
— Eighteenth-Century Fiction