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The Book as Go-Between: Domestic Servants and Forced Reading

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/9780691114170.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter assesses why secular fiction devoted so much space to jokes about tract distributing. Where tracts imitate the formal conventions of the same novels with which they competed, ... More


How the Victorian Novel Became Realistic (in a French Way), Reactionary, and Great

Elaine Freedgood

in Worlds Enough: The Invention of Realism in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691193304
eISBN:
9780691194301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691193304.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explains how a literary-historical undoing can liberate the now-normative nineteenth-century British novel from its heavy centrality in Anglophone novel history. It explores what can be ... More


The Subject of the Newgate Novel: Crime, Interest, What Novels Are About

Jesse Rosenthal

in Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196640
eISBN:
9781400883738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196640.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines a central moment in the development of moral narrative practices—one that is, at the same time, a moment in the coming into being of “the Victorian novel.” Looking at Charles ... 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


Introduction

Alicia Mireles Christoff

in Novel Relations: Victorian Fiction and British Psychoanalysis

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691193106
eISBN:
9780691194202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691193106.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This introductory chapter explains that the book provides a background on Victorian novels by George Eliot and Thomas Hardy—two writers who have set the fundamental terms for contemporary critical ... More


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


Worlds Enough: The Invention of Realism in the Victorian Novel

Elaine Freedgood

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691193304
eISBN:
9780691194301
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691193304.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Now praised for its realism and formal coherence, the Victorian novel was not always great, or even good, in the eyes of its critics. As this book reveals, it was only in the late 1970s that literary ... More


Novel Relations: Victorian Fiction and British Psychoanalysis

Alicia Mireles Christoff

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691193106
eISBN:
9780691194202
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691193106.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book engages twentieth-century post-Freudian British psychoanalysis in an unprecedented way: as literary theory. Placing the writing of figures like D. W. Winnicott, W. R. Bion, Michael and Enid ... 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


Afterword

Jesse Rosenthal

in Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196640
eISBN:
9781400883738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196640.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This afterword explores how the arguments in this book relate to the question of literary periodization. This is, without question, a book on Victorian literature, written in the context of Victorian ... 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


Omniscience

Elaine Freedgood

in Worlds Enough: The Invention of Realism in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691193304
eISBN:
9780691194301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691193304.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses two very different forms of omniscience, and Wayne Booth famously described and deconstructed them in A Rhetoric of Fiction. The Victorian novel is, at a certain point, annexed ... 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


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 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


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


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: Reading Things

Elaine Freedgood

in The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226261553
eISBN:
9780226261546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226261546.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Victorian novels describe, catalog, quantify, and in general shower us with things that threaten to crowd the narrative right off the page. These things do not get taken seriously—that is to say, ... More


Coda: Victorian Thing Culture and the Way We Read Now

Elaine Freedgood

in The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226261553
eISBN:
9780226261546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226261546.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This coda argues that the objects in Victorian novels were not fully in the grip of the kind of fetishism Karl Marx and Marxists have ascribed to industrial culture. A host of ideas resided in ... 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


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