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Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Kent Puckett

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195332759
eISBN:
9780199868131
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332759.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

While everyone knows that the nineteenth-century novel is obsessed with gaffes, lapses, and blunders, who could have predicted that these would have so important a structural role to play in the ... More


Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

David Kurnick

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151519
eISBN:
9781400840090
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

According to the dominant tradition of literary criticism, the novel is the form par excellence of the private individual. This book challenges this consensus by re-examining the genre's development ... More


Interiority and Its Discontents

David Kurnick

in Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151519
eISBN:
9781400840090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. The book considers the contribution of writers' theatrical ambitions to their invention of what by many accounts are among ... More


Acoustics in the Thackeray Theater

David Kurnick

in Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151519
eISBN:
9781400840090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the tonal shifts of the narrative voice in Vanity Fair as encoding a yearning for public scenes of performance. Moving between public speechifying and chastened intimate ... More


Slaves and Brothers in Pendennis

Julia Sun-Joo Lee

in The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390322
eISBN:
9780199776207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390322.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter demonstrates how W. M. Thackeray burlesques the slave narrative in Pendennis (1848-50) by emptying the genre of its racial and political signification and applying it to the debate over ... More


Some Blunders

Kent Puckett

in Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195332759
eISBN:
9780199868131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332759.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter begins by looking at the social mistake in relation both to the novel and to the rather sudden appearance of the etiquette book in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. While ... More


The Charisma of Direct Action: Power, Politics, and the Shiv Sena

Julia M. Eckert

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195660449
eISBN:
9780199082001
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195660449.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

This book explores how movements that are explicitly anti-pluralist in nature still manage to succeed electorally within a democratic framework which they themselves reject. The book studies the ... More


Ruin through Rollicking: Poor Charles Lever

James H. Murphy

in Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199596997
eISBN:
9780191723520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596997.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The crime, from which Lever's supporters seek to redeem him, is the promotion of ‘rollicking’ in his first four novels. Only in Charles O'Malley is a feckless rollicking really indulged in and in the ... More


One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858

Rosemary Ashton

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300227260
eISBN:
9780300231199
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300227260.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

While 1858 in London may have been noteworthy for its broiling summer months and the related stench of the sewage-filled Thames River, the year is otherwise little remembered. And yet, this book ... More


At Home and Abroad in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction: From Vanity Fair to The Secret Agent

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter begins with a summary of the life of William Makepeace Thackeray and how he started writing novels. During his time, he wrote Vanity Fair, based in London, which was the centre of the ... More


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