Reading the Nineteenth-Century Novel / Edition 1

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This text offers students and teachers a close analysis of nineteenth-century novels by ten major authors: Austen, Eliot, Scott, Thackeray, Gaskell, Dickens, Trollope, Braddon, and the Brontë sisters.

  • Examines a wide range of nineteenth-century novels - Persuasion, Middlemarch, The Heart of Midlothian, Vanity Fair, Mary Barton, Bleak House, The Warden, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre
  • Explores significant theoretical approaches such as Foucauldian, Postcolonial, Bakhtinian, and feminist criticism
  • Employs an “appreciative” model of criticism, sparking a renewed interest in engaging with Victorian aesthetics on its own terms
  • Offers an overview of the social, economic, and political change that influenced the fiction of the time
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Case and Shaw can show students how to read attentively." (English, February 2010)

"Especially beneficial for the student or teacher of a course in the Victorian novel, this book offers short analytical synopses with easy-to-follow headings ... useful for a quick reference ... .The authors negate the image of the Victorian as 'stuffy, hidebound, and obsessed with propriety' ... .But what perhaps is most interesting is the focus on narrative voice.” (English Literature in Transition 1820-1920)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631231431
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Series: Reading the Novel Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Case has taught at Williams College since 1991. She authored Plotting Women: Gender and Narration in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel (1999).

Harry E. Shaw has taught at Cornell University since 1978, where he has served as Director of the John S. Knight Writing Program, Chair of the Department of English, and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Shaw’s works include Narrating Reality: Austen, Scott, Eliot (1999, paperback edition 2004) and The Forms of Historical Fiction: Sir Walter Scott and His Successors (1983). He edited Critical Essays on Sir Walter Scott: The Waverley Novels (1996).

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Table of Contents


1. Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.

2. Waverley.

3. Wuthering Heights.

4. Jane Eyre.

5. Vanity Fair.

6. Mary Barton.

7. Bleak House.

8. The Warden and Barchester Towers.

9. Lady Audley’s Secret.

10. Middlemarch.

Appendix: Free Indirect Discourse.


Further Reading.


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