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An Audience with Dickens

Matthew Bevis

in The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199253999
eISBN:
9780191719790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253999.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Dickens provides the most varied body of spoken and written engagements with Liberal reform rhetoric in the 19th century, and — as Philip Davis notes — he reaches ‘further down and further across the ... More


The Eye as Motor: Gissing and Speed-Reading (Accelerated Form)

Nicholas Dames

in The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199208968
eISBN:
9780191695759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208968.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the coalescence of two key moments in the history of novel reading: the period in the 1890s which saw not only the collapse of the three-volume novel in Britain, a relatively ... More


The Poetry of Humble Life

Stephen Gill

in Wordsworth and the Victorians

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119654
eISBN:
9780191671180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119654.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter deals with the general appreciation of William Wordsworth’s poetry and the threat of the Victorian novel to it. Many factors contributed to the ascendancy of the Victorian novel ... More


Music in Other Words: Victorian Conversations

Ruth Solie

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238459
eISBN:
9780520930063
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238459.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Just as the preoccupations of any given cultural moment make their way into the language of music, the experience of music makes its way into other arenas of life. To unearth these overlapping ... More


The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction After the Invention of the News

Matthew Rubery

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195369267
eISBN:
9780199871148
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369267.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book explains why the Victorian novel is best understood alongside the simultaneous development of the news as a commercial commodity read by up to a million readers per day. The commercial ... More


The Dream Life of Citizens: Late Victorian Novels and the Fantasy of the State

Zarena Aslami

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823241996
eISBN:
9780823242030
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823241996.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

It has become commonplace to claim that, as imagined communities, nations are constituted through the incitement of feelings and the operations of fantasy. But what about the state? Can we think of ... More


Reading Sensation/Writing Realism: Photographic Strategies in The Doctor’s Wife

Saverio Tomaiuolo

in In Lady Audley's Shadow: Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641154
eISBN:
9780748651665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter takes a look at The Doctor’s Wife. This novel presents a chance to discuss the roles of reader (embodied in the character of Isabel Sleaford) and writer (found in the figure of sensation ... More


Novel Violence: A Narratography of Victorian Fiction

Garrett Stewart

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226774589
eISBN:
9780226774602
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226774602.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Victorian novels, this book argues, hurtle forward in prose as violent as the brutal human existence they chronicle. The book explains how such language assaults the norms of written expression and ... More


The Space of Optimism: State Fantasy and the Case of Gissing's The Odd Women

Zarena Aslami

in The Dream Life of Citizens: Late Victorian Novels and the Fantasy of the State

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823241996
eISBN:
9780823242030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823241996.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Chapter 4 argues that George Gissing's The Odd Women critiques the state's encroaching powers, both actual and imagined. In particular, through the description of how municipal spaces shape ... More


Palaeolithic Politics in British Novels of the Nineteenth Century

Joseph Carroll, Jonathan Gottschall, John A. Johnson, and Daniel Kruger

in Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199794393
eISBN:
9780199919338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794393.003.0022
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Science

Two literary scholars joined company with two psychologists to put together an online survey of characters in Victorian novels. They listed about 2,000 characters from 200 novels, contacted hundreds ... More


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