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

Nicholas Dames

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199208968
eISBN:
9780191695759
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208968.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

How did the Victorians read novels? The author answers that deceptively simple question by revealing a now-forgotten range of nineteenth-century theories of the novel, a range based in a study of ... More


Mass Reading and Physiological Novel Theory

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/9780199208968.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter sketches the physiological novel theory's broad assumptions, metalanguage, major sites and practitioners, critical protocols, and significant variations. This is intended as both a ... More


Introduction: Toward a History of Victorian Novel Theory

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/9780199208968.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to demonstrate that there existed for a period of time in the nineteenth century a literary theory called ‘the physiology of ... More


Coda: I. A. Richards and the End of Physiological Novel Theory

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/9780199208968.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the final, brief moment of efflorescence and withering of the Victorian physiology of the novel. That moment occurred in a single place, the University of Cambridge, and in a ... More


Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel

Ivan Kreilkamp

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226576237
eISBN:
9780226576404
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226576404.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In the nineteenth century, richly-drawn social fiction became one of England’s major cultural exports. At the same time, a surprising companion came to stand alongside the novel as a key embodiment ... More


Realism and Theories of the Novel

Nicholas Dames

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines Victorian theories of the novel. It argues that Victorian novel theory had a theory of readerly consciousness (physiological psychology), a formalism (‘construction’, or plot ... More


Introduction

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238393
eISBN:
9781846314186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238393.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book explores the variety of fictional texts which figure the mad. It focuses on the way that madness functions in the texts and on what the representation of madness in men reveals about ... More


International Influences

Margaret Cohen

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the impact of foreign authors on the British novel from 1820 to 1880. It explores how British novelists in these years integrated foreign narrative poetics. Major British ... More


Introducing the Working Girl

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/9780198724841.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The Introduction describes the demographic shifts leading to a boom in communications, bar, and shop work, as young women increasingly chose these occupations over traditional alternatives: teaching, ... More


Working Girls: Fiction, Sexuality, and Modernity

Katherine Mullin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198724841
eISBN:
9780191792342
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724841.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Working Girls: Fiction, Sexuality, and Modernity investigates the significance of a new form of sexual identity at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. Young women of the ... More


The Publishing Industry

Joanne Shattock

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the transformation of the Victorian publishing industry between 1820 and 1880. The period saw an unprecedented expansion in the publication of fiction and in the formats of ... More


Introduction: Mortal Self, Infinite Longings

Sara Crangle

in Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640850
eISBN:
9780748651955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640850.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This introductory chapter discusses the most popular desires of Victorian fiction, which are love and social mobility, first studying Thomas Hardy's The Hand of Ethelberta and The Well-Beloved. It ... More


Parliament and the State

Lauren M. E. Goodlad

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the nineteenth-century parliamentary novel. It shows that in treating Parliament and the political process as the fulcrum of Britain's ‘condition’, parliamentary novels both did ... More


Suffering as Spectacle: Pity, Pathos, and Ideology

Paul K. Longmore

Catherine Kudlick (ed.)

in Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190262075
eISBN:
9780190262105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262075.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

Fundraisers taught potential donors not only what to feel but also how to feel. In doing so, they extended the American charity tradition, one influenced by the Anglo-American culture of sensibility ... More


The Historical Novel

Richard Maxwell

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter traces the development of the historical novel in nineteenth-century Britain. The Victorian adaptation of the historical novel appeared to routinize and domesticate the genre. New uses ... More


Children’s Fiction

Nelson Claudia

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the transformation of children's fiction by considering a variety of genres and the cultural uses to which they were put, especially as regards attitudes towards selfhood. ... More


The Domestic Novel

Susan Fraiman

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the features of the domestic novel by focusing on three factors: how domestic novels handle class; what they have to say about gender roles; and how they are characterized in ... More


The Sensation Novel

Nancy Armstrong

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the development of sensation fiction, which focused on violent crimes between family members, marriage partners, or close friends, crimes more often committed by women than ... More


Theatricality and the Novel

David Kurnick

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines fictional treatments of theatricality in the nineteenth century. While the period was one of remarkable innovation and vitality, with the rise of melodrama, as well as major ... More


Nationalism and National Identities

James Buzard

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines theme of nationalism in the nineteenth-century British novel. It highlights a so-called self-universalizing habit of mind, to which many English men and women of the Victorian ... More


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