Conjugal Love and the Enlightenment Subject: The Colonial Context of Non-identity in Maria Edgeworth's Belinda

McCann, Andrew
September 1996
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Fall96, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p56
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Discusses the subject of conjugal love and domestic enlightenment in the novel `Belinda,' by Maria Edgeworth. Opposition between fetishism and conjugality; Non-identity as a refusal of conjugality; Appearance of obeah as sign of non-identity and anti-colonial insurgency; Images of conjugality in disavowal of continuities between slavery and capitalism.


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