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Object Lessons: The Novel As a Theory of Reference

Jami Bartlett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226369655
eISBN:
9780226369792
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226369792.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Literary critics have taken the realist novel’s claim to referentiality for granted, and have treated the act of referring as an unanalyzable simple, and the characters and things that are referred ... More


Serial Bachelorhood and Counter‐Marital Plotting

Holly Furneaux

in Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199566099
eISBN:
9780191721915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Dickens supplements his attention to bachelor parenting with a commitment to counter-marital plotting, articulating male resistance to marriage through diverse modes, ranging from the comic to the ... More


Introduction

Marjorie Garson

in Hardy's Fables of Integrity: Woman, Body, Text

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122234
eISBN:
9780191671371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122234.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book offers a reading of seven novels made by Hardy as fables regarding the constitution and the dissolution of the self through illustrating how integrity and both bodily and psychic wholeness ... More


Jude the Obscure:: What Does a Man Want?

Marjorie Garson

in Hardy's Fables of Integrity: Woman, Body, Text

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122234
eISBN:
9780191671371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122234.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Jude is recognized through how his inner life is constituted with the rhythm of repulsion, desire, and renunciation. Jude is known for his wants, and his wants are consequently perceived in terms of ... More


Persuasion and Sanditon

Marilyn Butler

in Jane Austen and the War of Ideas

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129684
eISBN:
9780191671838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129684.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The pressures on Jane Austen to make some adjustments in her style were very strong indeed. The basic characteristic of the Christian was now felt to be her rich inner life, compared with the ... More


‘The Most Dreadful Visitation’: Male Madness in Victorian Fiction

Valerie Pedlar

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238393
eISBN:
9781846314186
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314186
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Victorian literature is rife with scenes of madness, with mental disorder functioning as everything from a simple plot device to a commentary on the foundations of Victorian society. But while ... More


Losing the Plot

Adelene Buckland

in Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226079684
eISBN:
9780226923635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226923635.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explains the discoveries and the stories that this book has sought to explore. The story of the “heroic age of geology” has been examined, focusing on the variety of methodological and ... More


Proposals and Performative Utterance in the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Professional Man's Plight

Robert A. Ferguson

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the ubiquitous plot device of the marriage proposal. It argues that the marriage plot provides resolution in the novel of manners for the same reason that comedy has used the ... More


The Victorian Verse-Novel: Aspiring to Life

Stefanie Markovits

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198718864
eISBN:
9780191788314
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198718864.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

This book considers the rise of a hybrid generic form, the verse-novel, in the second half of the nineteenth century. Such poems combined epic length with novelistic plots in the attempt to capture ... More


The Paradoxes of Mr Morris

Anna Vaninskaya

in William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641499
eISBN:
9780748651672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641499.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter studies the puzzling habits of William Morris. It shows that Morris willingly participated in market processes, and was also one of the most vocal supporters of the romance-as-community ... More


Acts of Desire: Women and Sex on Stage 1800-1930

Sos Eltis

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199691357
eISBN:
9780191751448
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691357.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Drama

From seduced maidens to adulterous wives, bigamists, courtesans, kept women, and streetwalkers, the so-called ‘fallen woman’ was a ubiquitous and enduring figure on the Victorian and Edwardian stage. ... More


George Eliot and the Curious Bride: Ghosts in the Daylight

Hilary M. Schor

in Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199928095
eISBN:
9780199980550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928095.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

In England in the 1870s, in the midst of feminist agitations for the vote and debates over property laws for women, George Eliot invokes John Stuart Mill’s political vision to reinflect the curious ... More


Bigamy and Sensation

Sos Eltis

in Acts of Desire: Women and Sex on Stage 1800-1930

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199691357
eISBN:
9780191751448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691357.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Drama

Plays about unintentional bigamy were as old as melodrama itself and remained popular throughout the nineteenth century, exercising an important influence on sensation novels such as Ellen Wood's ... More


Afterwords

Sos Eltis

in Acts of Desire: Women and Sex on Stage 1800-1930

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199691357
eISBN:
9780191751448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691357.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Drama

This concluding chapter sketches the impressive endurance of the ‘fallen woman’ plots traced in this book through the later twentieth century and into the twenty-first. The plots and tropes used in ... More


The Adulterous Geopolitical Aesthetic: Romola Contra Madame Bovary

Lauren M. E. Goodlad

in The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198728276
eISBN:
9780191794490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728276.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter explores George Eliot’s formal innovations in comparison to a French variation on the naturalistic narrative of capitalist globalization: Flaubert’s landmark novel of adultery, Madame ... More


Historicizing Marriage, Developing the Marriage Plot

Talia Schaffer

in Romance's Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190465094
eISBN:
9780190465117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465094.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

Chapter 2 traces the development of marital expectations and practices from the medieval period through the early nineteenth century, stressing how personal consent coexisted with social pressures. ... More


Neighbor Marriage: Loving the Squire

Talia Schaffer

in Romance's Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190465094
eISBN:
9780190465117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465094.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

Chapter 3 investigates the nineteenth-century marriage plot in which a desperate woman, usually about to lose her home, weds a local squire. The chapter traces neighbor marriage in Sense and ... More


Plays of the pen

Hugo Bowles

in Dickens and the Stenographic Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780198829072
eISBN:
9780191872648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829072.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores representations of shorthand in Dickens’s life and work, providing examples of stylistic areas that were influenced by his shorthand learning. These include his use of consonant ... More


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