The New Nineteenth-Century: Feminist Readings of Underread Victorian Fiction

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This book includes essays on writers from the 1840s to the 1890s, well known writers such as Anne Bronte, Wilkie Collins and Bram Stoker, lesser known writers such as Geraldine Jewsbury, Charles Reade, Margaret Oliphant, George Moore, Sarah Grand and Mary Ward. The contributors explore important thematic concerns: the relation between private and public realms; gender and social class; sexuality and the marketplace; and male and female cultural identity.

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Sixteen scholars critically read Victorian authors who have been traditionally "underread," arguing to accord these writers and their works deeper attention. Some of the writers are familiar (Anne Bronte, Wilkie Collins, Bram Stoker) and some virtually unknown (Geraldine Jewsbury, Charles Reade, Margaret Oliphant, Mary Ward); each illuminates the lives and choices of the Victorian women who comprised a large part of their readership. The volume allows scholars an opportunity to consider literature not often available in the limited academic canon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Underread
Words on "Great Vulgar Sheets": Writing and Social Resistance in Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey (1847) 3
At Home upon a Stage: Domesticity and Genius in Geraldine Jewsbury's The Half Sisters (1848) 17
Rewriting the Male Plot in Wilkie Collins's No Name (1862): Captain Wragge Orders an Omelette and Mrs. Wragge Goes into Custody 33
Silent Woman, Speaking Fiction: Charles Reade's Griffith Gaunt (1866) at the Adultery Trial of Henry Ward Beecher 45
Mrs. Oliphant, Miss Marjoribanks (1866), and the Victorian Canon 63
The Vampire in the House: Hysteria, Female Sexuality, and Female Knowledge in Le Fanu's "Carmilla" (1872) 77
Solicitors Soliciting: The Dangerous Circulations of Professionalism in Dracula (1897) 97
Eliza Lynn Linton: The Rebel of the Family (1880) and Other Novels 117
Problems of a "Democratic Text": Walter Besant's Impossible Story in All Sorts and Conditions of Men (1882) 135
Naturalism in George Moore's A Mummer's Wife (1885) 159
Joy behind the Screen: The Problem of "Presentability" in George Gissing's The Nether World (1889) 181
Curious Dualities: The Heavenly Twins (1893) and Sarah Grand's Belated Modernist Aesthetics 195
Mapping the "Terra Incognita" of Woman: George Egerton's Keynotes (1893) and New Woman Fiction 205
"Transition Time": The Political Romances of Mrs. Humphry Ward's Marcella (1894) and Sir George Tressady (1896) 225
Mobilizing Chivalry: Rape in Flora Annie Steel's On the Face of the Waters (1896) and Other British Novels about the Indian Uprising of 1857 247
Contributors 277
Index 281
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