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The Victorian Comic Spirit: New Perspectives

The Victorian Comic Spirit: New Perspectives

by Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754600169
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/01/2000
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 Figuresvii
The Nineteenth Century General Editors' Prefaceix
Introduction: New Perspectives on the Victorian Comic Spiritxiii
1Parody, Pastiche, and the Play of Genres: The Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan1
2The Fissure King: Parody, Ideology, and the Imperialist Narrative23
3Laughing at the Almighty: Freethinking Lampoon, Satire, and Parody in Victorian England43
4Tipping Mr. Punch "the Haffable Wink": E. J. Milliken's Cockney Verse Letters67
5American Humor: The Mark of Twain on Jerome K. Jerome91
6.Humor as Daughterly Defense in Cranford115
7.Dickens's Dystopian Metacomedy: Hard Times, Morals, and Religion141
8.Transcendence through Incongruity: The Background of Humor in Carlyle's Sartor Resartus153
9."Falling into Philistine Hands": Swinburne's Transgressive Correspondence173
10.Arnold's Irony and the Deployment of Dandyism191
11.Salome: Re/Dressing Wilde on the Rim205
12.The Laugh of the New Woman219
Notes on Contributors243

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