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A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel

ISBN: 978-0-470-75755-0
304 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume presents fresh approaches to classic Victorian fiction from 1830-1900.

  • Opens up for the reader the cultural world in which the Victorian novel was written and read.
  • Crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Provides fresh perspectives on how Victorian fiction relates to different contexts, such as class, sexuality, empire, psychology, law and biology.
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Acknowledgements.

List Of Illustrations.

Notes On Contributors.

Introduction: Francis O’Gorman (University of Leeds).

1. ‘The Sun And Moon Were Made To Give Them Light’: Empire In The Victorian Novel: Cannon Schmitt (Wayne State University).

2. ‘Seeing Is Believing’?: Visuality And Victorian Fiction: Kate Flint (Rutgers University).

3. ‘The Boundaries Of Social Intercourse’: Class In The Victorian Novel: James Eli Adams (Cornell University).

4. Legal Subjects, Legal Objects: The Law And Victorian Fiction: Clare Pettitt (Newnham College, Cambridge).

5. ‘The Withering Of The Individual’: Psychology In The Victorian Novel: Nicholas Dames (Columbia University).

6. ‘Telling Of My Weekly Doings’: The Material Culture Of The Victorian Novel: Mark Turner (King's College, University of London).

7. ‘Farewell Poetry And Aerial Flights’: The Function Of The Author And Victorian Fiction: Richard Salmon (University of Leeds).

8. Everywhere And Nowhere: Sexuality In The Victorian Novel: Carolyn Dever (Vanderbilt University).

9. ‘One Of The Larger Lost Continents’: Religion In The Victorian Novel: Michael Wheeler.

10. ‘The Differences Between Human Beings’: Biology In The Victorian Novel: Angelique Richardson (University of Exeter).

11. ‘One Great Confederation?’: Europe In The Victorian Novel: John Rignall (University of Warwick).

12. ‘A Long Deep Sob Of That Mysterious Wondrous Happiness That Is One With Pain’: Emotion In The Victorian Novel: Francis O’Gorman (University of Leeds).

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Francis O’Gorman is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds. He has written widely on Victorian poetry and non-fictional prose, including the books John Ruskin (1999), Late Ruskin: New Contexts (2001), and the Victorian Novel (2002) in the Blackwell Critical Guide Series, and also co-edited the collection Ruskin and Gender (2002). He has published on Milton, Robert Browning, Michael Field, Charles Kingsley, Robert Frost, Henrietta Huxley, Victorian agnosticism, Victorian masculinities, and co-edited a collection of essays on Margaret Oliphant (1999) and on Landscape, Writing and Community (2001). His most recent book, Victorian Poetry: An Annotated Anthology, was published by Blackwell in 2004.
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  • A collection of fresh approaches to classic Victorian fiction from 1830-1900.

  • Opens up for the reader the cultural world in which the Victorian novel was written and read.

  • Crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.

  • Provides fresh perspectives on how Victorian fiction relates to different contexts, such as class, sexuality, empire, psychology, law and biology.
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"[T]his book succeeds in presenting a representative selection of historicist critical thinking on panorama of themes of the novel during the period of what was, arguably, this literary form's greatest achievement. It will be a stimulating introduction for the advanced undergraduate with an interest in the nineteenth century, and a useful lead for the postgraduate student working in the field of Victorian studies on any one of the numerous taught programmes currently on offer." Reference Reviews
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