The Victorian Novel: A Guide to Criticism / Edition 1

The Victorian Novel: A Guide to Criticism / Edition 1

by Francis O'Gorman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631227032

ISBN-13: 9780631227038

Pub. Date: 10/07/2002

Publisher: Wiley

This guide looks at how the Victorian novel has been read over the past hundred years. Unlike other critical guides, it not only provides students with examples of significant strands of criticism, but also helps them to make sense of these articles and extracts by means of a narrative and critical framework. The novelists referred to are the acknowledged great

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This guide looks at how the Victorian novel has been read over the past hundred years. Unlike other critical guides, it not only provides students with examples of significant strands of criticism, but also helps them to make sense of these articles and extracts by means of a narrative and critical framework. The novelists referred to are the acknowledged great names of Victorian fiction, including the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope.

A short opening section describing and representing early critical responses is complemented by a longer second section looking at current themes in criticism, such as genre, gender, politics, science, language, the canon, and modes of production. The volume as a whole enhances students' critical repertoire, encourages them to recognise the situatedness of all criticism, and helps them to engage with critical debates about the Victorian novel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631227038
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/07/2002
Series:
Blackwell Guides to Criticism Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Textual Note
Introduction1
1Early Criticism of the Victorian Novel from James Oliphant to David Cecil17
The Survey: George Saintsbury (1845-1933)21
Extract from George Saintsbury, The English Novel (1913)23
Edwin Morgan Forster's Aspects of the Novel (1927)29
Lord David Cecil and Early Victorian Novelists (1934)31
Extract from Lord David Cecil, Early Victorian Novelists (1934)33
2F. R. Leavis and The Great Tradition46
Extract from F. R. Leavis, The Great Tradition (1948)51
3Feminism and the Victorian Novel in the 1970s66
Extract from Elaine Showalter, A Literature of their Own (1977)71
Extract from Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic (1979)85
4Realism94
Histories of Realism95
Epistemology of Realism98
Extract from George Levine, The Realistic Imagination (1981)99
Extract from Catherine Belsey, Critical Practice (1980)121
Extract from Penny Boumehla, 'Realism and the Ends of Feminism' (1988)135
5Social-problem Fiction: Historicism and Feminism149
Historicism and the Social-problem Novel151
Extract from Raymond Williams, The English Novel (1970)153
Extract from Mary Poovey, Making a Social Body (1995)165
Extract from Josephine Guy, The Victorian Social-problem Novel (1996)179
Feminism and the Social-problem Novel186
6Language and Form196
Language and the Victorian Novel196
Extract from Patricia Ingham, The Language of Gender and Class (1996)202
Form and the Victorian Novel213
Extract from Dorothy Van Ghent, The English Novel (1953)215
Extract from Peter Garrett, The Victorian Multiplot Novel (1980)220
7Science and the Victorian Novel230
Extract from Gillian Beer, Darwin's Plots (1983)235
Extract from George Levine, Darwin and the Novelists (1988)246
8The History of the Book261
Extract from John Sutherland, Victorian Novelists and Publishers (1976)266
Extract from Catherine A. Judd, 'Male Pseudonyms and Female Authority in Victorian England' (1995)289
9Postcolonial Readings306
Extract from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, 'Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism' (1985)310
Extract from Firdous Azim, The Colonial Rise of the Novel (1993)321
Extract from Susan Meyer, Imperialism at Home (1996)325
Index335

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