Notes on Contributors ix
List of illustrations xiii
1 ‘The sun and moon were made to give them light’: Empire in the Victorian Novel 4
2 ‘Seeing is believing?’: Visuality and Victorian Fiction 25
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
5 ‘The withering of the individual’: Psychology in the Victorian Novel 91
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
8 Everywhere and nowhere: Sexuality in the Victorian Novel 156
9 ‘One of the larger lost continents’: Religion in the Victorian Novel 180
10 ‘The difference between human beings’: Biology in the Victorian Novel 202
11 ‘One great confederation?’: Europe in the Victorian Novel 232
12 ‘A long deep sob of that mysterious wondrous happiness that is one with pain’: Emotion in the Victorian Novel 253
- 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.