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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


Fiction: Unfelt Engagement

James Noggle

in Unfelt: The Language of Affect in the British Enlightenment

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747120
eISBN:
9781501747137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747120.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter explains that unfelt affects are among the most subtly potent ones in eighteenth-century fiction, and they often decisively delineate character, advance plot, and confer a distinctive ... 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


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