The Victorian Comic Spirit: New Perspectives

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Contains 12 contributions written mainly by North American and British university-affiliated scholars of English literature addressing a range of writers, artists, and texts including the Savoy operas of Gilbert and Sullivan; lampoon, satire, and parody in Victorian England; E.J. Milliken's cockney verse letters; Twain's influence on the American Jerome K. Jerome; Dickens' dystopian metacomedy, ; Swinburne's transgressive correspondence; Oscar Wilde's ; and the all-but-forgotten humorous Victorian women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754600169
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: The Nineteenth Century Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii
The Nineteenth Century General Editors' Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: New Perspectives on the Victorian Comic Spirit xiii
1 Parody, Pastiche, and the Play of Genres: The Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan 1
2 The Fissure King: Parody, Ideology, and the Imperialist Narrative 23
3 Laughing at the Almighty: Freethinking Lampoon, Satire, and Parody in Victorian England 43
4 Tipping Mr. Punch "the Haffable Wink": E. J. Milliken's Cockney Verse Letters 67
5 American Humor: The Mark of Twain on Jerome K. Jerome 91
6. Humor as Daughterly Defense in Cranford 115
7. Dickens's Dystopian Metacomedy: Hard Times, Morals, and Religion 141
8. Transcendence through Incongruity: The Background of Humor in Carlyle's Sartor Resartus 153
9. "Falling into Philistine Hands": Swinburne's Transgressive Correspondence 173
10. Arnold's Irony and the Deployment of Dandyism 191
11. Salome: Re/Dressing Wilde on the Rim 205
12. The Laugh of the New Woman 219
Notes on Contributors 243
Index 247
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