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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 Kingdom of Shadows: The Infernal Underground of George Gissing

in Underground Writing: The London Tube from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312236
eISBN:
9781846315978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315978.002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the works of George Gissing with respect to the London Tube. It explains that Gissing made key cultural references to the underground railway in the 1880s with novels such as ... More


Pseudonymity, Third‐personality, and Anonymity as Disturbances in fin de siècle Auto/biography: ‘Mark Rutherford’, George Gissing, Edmund Gosse and Others

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This is the first of four chapters exploring the turn‐of‐the‐century disturbances in the relation between life‐writing and fiction. It argues that ‘autobiography’ begins to seem a problematic ... More


Harsh Sounds: George Gissing’s Penetrating Literary Voice

Penelope Hone

in Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474416368
eISBN:
9781474434591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416368.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter tracks the emergence of a distinctive critical discourse in the 1890s intent on distinguishing the acoustic particularities of the literary voice. Taking the uneven oeuvre of George ... More


Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Jane Wood

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In what was once described as ‘the century of nerves’, a fascination with the mysterious processes governing physical and psychological states was shared by medical and fiction writers alike. This ... More


New Women and Neurasthenia: Nervous Degeneration and the 1890s

Jane Wood

in Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses nervous degeneration and its literary representation in the 1890s. Much of the fiction of the 1890s self-consciously engages with the physical and medical sciences to configure ... More


Moral Perfectionism, Optatives, and the Inky Line in Besant’s All in a Garden Fair and Gissing’s New Grub Street

Tom Ue

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues for the importance of moral perfectionism to the life of writing depicted in Besant’s All in a Garden Fair (1883) and Gissing’s New Grub Street (1891). Scholarship by Andrew H. ... 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


Underground Writing: The London Tube from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf

David Welsh

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312236
eISBN:
9781846315978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315978
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The purpose of this book is to explore the ways in which the London Underground was ‘mapped’ by a number of writers from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf. From late Victorian London to the end of ... More


Conclusion

Leah Price

in How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691114170
eISBN:
9781400842186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691114170.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This concluding chapter looks at George Gissing's New Grub Street (1985). Gissing's satire identifies a diffuse threat: that the book might become a vector for the social entanglements from which ... More


Introduction

in Underground Writing: The London Tube from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312236
eISBN:
9781846315978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315978.001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the depiction of the London Underground in the works of several English authors. This volume examines the relevant works of ... More


Orpheus in the city

Daniel Karlin

in Street Songs: Writers and urban songs and cries, 1800-1925

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198792352
eISBN:
9780191834363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792352.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, World Literature

Chapter 1 begins with a primal myth transposed to the city. William Wordsworth’s ‘Power of Music’ represents street music as an unqualified blessing: in proclaiming his fiddler ‘An Orpheus!’, the ... More


Authorial Integrity and the Threat of Mechanical Writing

Katherine Mullin

in Working Girls: Fiction, Sexuality, and Modernity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198724841
eISBN:
9780191792342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724841.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines how fictions by Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, George Gissing, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, and James Joyce took telegraphists, then typists, as thrilling new ... More


Tubing It: Speeding through Modernity in the London Underground

Haewon Hwang

in London's Underground Spaces: Representing the Victorian City, 1840-1915

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676071
eISBN:
9780748693818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676071.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The second chapter on the underground railroad builds on the theme of repulsion and attraction encountered in the sewers but highlights the ways in which the subterranean space was eventually ... More


The Incontinent City: Sewers, Disgust and Liminality

Haewon Hwang

in London's Underground Spaces: Representing the Victorian City, 1840-1915

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676071
eISBN:
9780748693818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676071.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The first chapter on the sewers links the construction of the first underground drainage system with the sanitary discourse of ‘circulation’ that removed human waste from the city centre in an ... More


Reception

Michael Ruse

in Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190241025
eISBN:
9780190241056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241025.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

From the first, the claims of the Origin and the Descent engendered reaction. Some welcomed Darwin’s message. Some did not. But everyone knew that what Darwin said was important and both novelists ... More


Waiting in the Restaurant

Brenda Assael

in The London Restaurant, 1840-1914

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198817604
eISBN:
9780191859106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198817604.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

Chapter 3 focuses on the waiter, exploring the reality behind his representation in popular culture as marginal, disenchanted, and melancholy. While real-life waiters were often keen to share a ... More


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