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<i>John Marchmont’s Legacy</i> and the Topologies of Dispossession

Saverio Tomaiuolo

in In Lady Audley's Shadow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651665 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0003
John Marchmont’s Legacy and the Topologies of Dispossession

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This chapter examines John Marchmont’s Legacy, where Braddon contrasts Marchmont Towers with railways and trains, and looks at how she connects both images with the theme of ‘dispossession’ that can be found throughout the whole novel. Marchmont Towers serves as the most significant ‘chronotope’ in the novel, through which ‘time’ and ‘space’ are combined and compressed in a single topological unity. The chapter also notes that the novel prioritises legacy and dispossession, which are seen as existential and economic paradigms.

Keywords: John Marchmont’s Legacy; Marchmont Towers; railways and trains; dispossession; chronotope; time and space; legacy; existential paradigms; economic paradigms

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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