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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


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


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


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


The Sounds of Silence: W. M. Thackeray and Preston Sturges

in Better Left Unsaid: Victorian Novels, Hays Code Films, and the Benefits of Censorship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804784207
eISBN:
9780804784870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804784207.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the works of William Makepeace Thackeray and Preston Sturges, two artists who share a penchant for thematizing the subject of scandal (and, by extension, the subject of ... 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


Throwing Things in Thackeray

Jami Bartlett

in Object Lessons: The Novel As a Theory of Reference

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226369655
eISBN:
9780226369792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226369792.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues that Thackeray devises a physical approach to reference in the world of the realist novel, and develops a theory of demonstrative identification that is nothing less than a ... 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


Thackeray and the ‘Old Masters’

Leonée Ormond

in Translating Life: Studies in Transpositional Aesthetics

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236740
eISBN:
9781846314285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236740.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

William Makepeace Thackeray was one of the great novelists of the Victorian period and a natural connoisseur of the fine arts. He introduced his knowledge of the fine arts into his novels, cognizant ... More


Paleontology in Parts

Gowan Dawson

in Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226332734
eISBN:
9780226332871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter explores how the law of correlation became inextricably entwined with Victorian Britain’s most distinctive and prevalent mode of publication: serialization. Owen’s celebrated ... More


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