Pater to Forster, 1873-1924

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Pater to Forster, 1873-1924 covers a period often named as an "age of transition", which exists uneasily between the apparent moral certainties of the Victorian age and the advent of a modernist aesthetics of instability and uncertainty. Ruth Robbins considers some of the central literary categories and themes of the period in writings by major and "minor" writers--decadence, realism and naturalism, nostalgia, New Woman writing, degeneration, imperialism and early modernism--to create a complex picture of ...
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Pater to Forster, 1873-1924 covers a period often named as an "age of transition", which exists uneasily between the apparent moral certainties of the Victorian age and the advent of a modernist aesthetics of instability and uncertainty. Ruth Robbins considers some of the central literary categories and themes of the period in writings by major and "minor" writers--decadence, realism and naturalism, nostalgia, New Woman writing, degeneration, imperialism and early modernism--to create a complex picture of transitions, continuities and breaks with the past.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780333696149
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Series: Transitions
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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Ruth Robbins is Senior Lecturer in English, University College Northampton.
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
A Note on Texts Used
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Ways of Seeing 1
1 The persistence of Realism 30
The strained case of George Gissing 39
H. G. Wells and the quarter-educated 48
Galsworthy the materialist 55
Aesthetics and the market, or the artist and the artisan; or Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Woolf 62
2 Rhymers and Reasoners: Poetry in Transition 74
Country 80
Woman 86
City 92
3 The Strange Case of Mr. Wilde: or, 1895 and all that 105
Doubles and double vision 118
1895: or, looking both ways? 125
4 Masculine Romance, Cultural Capital and Crisis 128
The Gothic and obscure vision 134
Degeneration: The context of late-nineteenth-century monstrosity 138
Telling clearly ...? The eyewitness and cultural capital 145
Dracula: (cultural) capital and (epistemological) crisis 149
The good ended happily ...? 155
5 New Women for Old: Politics and Fictional Forms in New Woman Writing 159
Defining the New Woman 159
Olive Schreiner 165
Sarah Grand: seeing things purely 173
George Egerton and impurity 179
The New Woman beyond the nineties 187
6 Conclusions? Rainbow's End: The Janus Period 192
Time and character in The Rainbow 195
Forster's connections 202
Selective Chronology 1865-1925 210
Annotated Bibliography 222
Bibliography 228
Index 241
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