An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture, and the Social Problem Novel

An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture, and the Social Problem Novel

by Gregory Vargo

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ISBN-13: 9781107197855
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/07/2017
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture , #110
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Gregory Vargo is assistant professor at New York University. His published essays have appeared inVictorian Studies and Victorian Literature and Culture. He has held fellowships from the Fulbright program, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. With Rob Breton, he is the creator of Chartist Fiction, a bibliographic database of over 1000 reviews and stories that appeared in over 25 Chartist periodicals.

Table of Contents

Introduction: can a social problem speak?; 1. Social inheritance in the New Poor Law debate: William Cobbett, Harriet Martineau, and the Royal Commission of Inquiry; 2. Books of (social) murder: melodrama and the slow violence of the market in anti-New Poor Law satire, fiction, and journalism; 3. A life in fragments: Thomas Cooper's Chartist Bildungsroman; 4. Questions from workers who read: education and self-formation in Chartist print culture and Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton; 5. Revenge in the age of insurance: villainy in theatrical melodrama and Ernest Jones's fiction; 6. “Outworks of the citadel of corruption”: the Chartist Press reports the empire; 7. Two nations revisited: the refugee question in the People's Paper, Household Words and Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

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