Mysteries of Paris and London

Mysteries of Paris and London

by Richard Maxwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813913411

ISBN-13: 9780813913414

Pub. Date: 01/28/2015

Publisher: University of Virginia

Richard Maxwell uses nineteenth-century urban fiction-particularly the novels of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens-to define a genre, the novel of urban mysteries. His title comes from the ""mystery mania"" that captured both sides of the channel with the runaway success of Eugene Sue's Les mysteres de Paris and G. W. M. Reynold's Mysteries of London. Maxwell's approach…  See more details below

Overview

Richard Maxwell uses nineteenth-century urban fiction-particularly the novels of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens-to define a genre, the novel of urban mysteries. His title comes from the ""mystery mania"" that captured both sides of the channel with the runaway success of Eugene Sue's Les mysteres de Paris and G. W. M. Reynold's Mysteries of London. Maxwell's approach to the nature and evolution of the mysteries genre includes examinations of allegorical theory, journalistic practice, the conventions of scientific inquiry, popular psychiatry, illustration, and modernized wonder tales (such as Victorian adaptations of the Arabian Nights).

In The Mysteries of Paris and London Maxwell employs a sweeping vision of the nineteenth century and a formidable grasp of both popular culture and high culture to decode the popular mysteries of the era and to reveal an evolving consciousness of the city.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813913414
Publisher:
University of Virginia
Publication date:
01/28/2015
Series:
Victorian Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Works Frequently Cited
IIntroductory1
1Allegory and City Life3
2The Labyrinths of Notre-Dame25
IIFigures and Stories59
3Ainsworth's Revelations: Failed Narrative61
4Knotting the Maze in Oliver Twist72
5Creating the Crowd in The Old Curiosity Shop96
6Repeating the Singular in Martin Chuzzlewit126
IIIFigures and Heroes151
7The Hunchback of Saint Dunstan-in-the-West: Failed Heroism153
8Mystery and Revelation in Bleak House160
9Mystery and Revelation in Les Miserables191
IVFigures and Knowledge225
10Meryon's Hybrid Monster: Failed Knowledge227
11Dickens's Arabian Nights240
12Dickens's Omniscience258
VWriting in the Depths289
13The City and the Cosmos, or, Digging Your Own Grave291
Notes323
Bibliography381
Index407

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