A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel / Edition 1

A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel / Edition 1

by Francis O'Gorman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405103205

ISBN-13: 9781405103206

Pub. Date: 09/13/2004

Publisher: Wiley

This volume presents fresh approaches to classic Victorian fiction from 1830 to 1900. Consisting of a series of original essays written by prominent specialists in the field, it opens up the cultural world in which the Victorian novel was written and read. The 12 contributors provide new perspectives on how Victorian fiction relates to a range of important

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This volume presents fresh approaches to classic Victorian fiction from 1830 to 1900. Consisting of a series of original essays written by prominent specialists in the field, it opens up the cultural world in which the Victorian novel was written and read. The 12 contributors provide new perspectives on how Victorian fiction relates to a range of important contemporary contexts, including class, sexuality, empire, psychology, law, visual culture, biology and the conditions of authorship. Their contributions cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, enabling readers to understand the Victorian novel’s complex engagements with diverse aspects of nineteenth-century society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405103206
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/13/2004
Series:
Concise Companions to Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xii

List of illustrations xiii

Chronology xiv

Introduction 1
Francis O’Gorman

1 ‘The sun and moon were made to give them light’: Empire in the Victorian Novel 4
Cannon Schmitt

2 ‘Seeing is believing?’: Visuality and Victorian Fiction 25
Kate Flint

3 ‘The boundaries of social intercourse’: Class in the Victorian Novel 47
James Eli Adams

4 Legal subjects, legal objects: The Law and Victorian Fiction 71
Clare Pettitt

5 ‘The withering of the individual’: Psychology in the Victorian Novel 91
Nicholas Dames

6 ‘Telling of my weekly doings’: The Material Culture of the Victorian Novel 113
Mark W. Turner

7 ‘Farewell poetry and aerial flights’: The Function of the Author and Victorian Fiction 134
Richard Salmon

8 Everywhere and nowhere: Sexuality in the Victorian Novel 156
Carolyn Dever

9 ‘One of the larger lost continents’: Religion in the Victorian Novel 180
Michael Wheeler

10 ‘The difference between human beings’: Biology in the Victorian Novel 202
Angelique Richardson

11 ‘One great confederation?’: Europe in the Victorian Novel 232
John Rignall

12 ‘A long deep sob of that mysterious wondrous happiness that is one with pain’: Emotion in the Victorian Novel 253
Francis O’Gorman

Index 271

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