The Textual Condition of Nineteenth-Century Literature

The Textual Condition of Nineteenth-Century Literature

by Josephine Guy, Ian Small


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In this important new book, Guy and Small develop a new account of literary creativity in the late nineteenth century, one that combines concepts generated by text-theorists concerning the embodied nature of textuality with the empirical insights of text-editors and book historians. Through these developments, which the authors term the ‘textual turn,’ this study examines the textual condition of nineteenth-century literature. The authors explore works by Dickens, Wilde, Hardy, Yeats, Swinburne, FitzGerald, Pater, Arnold, Pinero and Shaw, connecting questions about what a work textually ‘is’ with questions about why we read it and how we value it. The study asks whether the textual turn places us in a stronger position to analyze the value of a nineteenth-century text—not for readers of the nineteenth century, but of the twenty-first. The authors argue that this issue of value is central to their discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415806121
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature Series , #7
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Josephine Guy is Professor of Modern Literature, University of Nottingham. Ian Small is Professor of English Literature, University of Birmingham.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Novel 3. Non-Fictional Prose 4. Poetry 5. Drama 6. Conclusion

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