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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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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xii

List of illustrations xiii

Chronology xiv

Introduction 1
Francis O’Gorman

1 ‘The sun and moon were made to give them light’: Empire in the Victorian Novel 4
Cannon Schmitt

2 ‘Seeing is believing?’: Visuality and Victorian Fiction 25
Kate Flint

3 ‘The boundaries of social intercourse’: Class in the Victorian Novel 47
James Eli Adams

4 Legal subjects, legal objects: The Law and Victorian Fiction 71
Clare Pettitt

5 ‘The withering of the individual’: Psychology in the Victorian Novel 91
Nicholas Dames

6 ‘Telling of my weekly doings’: The Material Culture of the Victorian Novel 113
Mark W. Turner

7 ‘Farewell poetry and aerial flights’: The Function of the Author and Victorian Fiction 134
Richard Salmon

8 Everywhere and nowhere: Sexuality in the Victorian Novel 156
Carolyn Dever

9 ‘One of the larger lost continents’: Religion in the Victorian Novel 180
Michael Wheeler

10 ‘The difference between human beings’: Biology in the Victorian Novel 202
Angelique Richardson

11 ‘One great confederation?’: Europe in the Victorian Novel 232
John Rignall

12 ‘A long deep sob of that mysterious wondrous happiness that is one with pain’: Emotion in the Victorian Novel 253
Francis O’Gorman

Index 271

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Author Information

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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Reviews

"[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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