The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel

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"In The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel, a series of specially commissioned essays examine the work of Charles Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, and other canonical writers, as well as that of such writers as Olive Schreiner, Wilkie Collins, and H. Rider Haggard, whose work has recently attracted new attention from scholars and students. The collection combines the literary study of the novel as a form with analysis of the material aspects of its readership and production, and a series of thematic and contextual perspectives that
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Overview

"In The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel, a series of specially commissioned essays examine the work of Charles Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, and other canonical writers, as well as that of such writers as Olive Schreiner, Wilkie Collins, and H. Rider Haggard, whose work has recently attracted new attention from scholars and students. The collection combines the literary study of the novel as a form with analysis of the material aspects of its readership and production, and a series of thematic and contextual perspectives that examine Victorian fiction in the light of social and cultural concerns relevant both to the period itself and to the direction of current literary and cultural studies. Contributors engage with topics such as industrial culture, religion and science and the broader issues of the politics of gender, sexuality and race. The Companion includes a chronology and a comprehensive guide to further reading."--BOOK JACKET.
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"The essays are uniformly excellent...Geared for upper-division undergraduate English majors and beginning graduate students, this volume is clearly intended for classroom use but should also be in every library's collection." Choice

"The essays are uniformly excellent...Geared for upper-division undergraduate English majors and beginning graduate students, this volume is clearly intended for classroom use but should also be in every library's collection." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521182157
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 716,043
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Deirdre David is Professor Emerita of English at Temple University.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Chronology
Introduction 1
1 The Victorian novel and its readers 17
2 The business of Victorian publishing 37
3 The aesthetics of the Victorian novel: from, subjectivity, ideology 61
4 Industrial culture and the Victorian novel 77
5 Gender and the Victorian novel 97
6 Sexuality in the Victorian novel 125
7 Race and the Victorian novel 149
8 Detection in the Victorian novel 169
9 Sensation and the Fantastic in the Victorian novel 192
10 Intellectual debate in the Victorian novel: religion, science, and the professional 212
11 Dickens, Melville, and a tale of two countries 234
Guide to further reading 255
Index 262
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