A Companion to the Victorian Novel

A Companion to the Victorian Novel

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"The Companion to the Victorian Novel" provides contextual and critical information about the entire range of British fiction published between 1837 and 1901. This work: provides contextual and critical information about the entire range of British fiction published during the Victorian period; explains issues such as Victorian religions, class structure, and Darwinism to those who are unfamiliar with them; comprises original, accessible chapters written by renowned and emerging scholars in the field of Victorian studies; and, is ideal for students and researchers seeking up-to-the-minute coverage of contexts and trends, or as a starting point for a survey course.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 181 x 252 x 28mm | 1,032g
  • Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1405132914
  • 9781405132916
  • 1,029,954

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It is estimated that between 1837 and 1901 some 60,000 novels were published in Britain. This Companion introduces readers to the historical contexts in which this vast range of fiction was produced and to the critical debates that have raged about it ever since.

The Companion comprises twenty-six original, accessible chapters, written by renowned and emerging scholars in the field of Victorian studies. The first section provides overviews of key historical contexts, such as religion, class, gender, and the publishing world. The second part surveys the various genres and subgenres of the Victorian novel. The third deals with Victorian, modern, and postmodern theories of the novel and looks at how Victorian novels and novelists were received, both now and then.

A detailed and convenient index enables cross-referencing and study of a broad spectrum of authors, novels, themes, and controversies, while informed bibliographies following each chapter contain many helpful recommendations for further reading.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments.The Contributors.Introduction.Reed Ueda (Tufts University).Introduction.Notes on Contributors.Part I: Historical Contexts and Cultural Issues:.1. The Publishing World: Kelly Mays.2. Education, Literacy, and the Victorian Reader: Jonathan Rose.3. Money, The Economy, and Social Classes: Regenia Gagnier.4. Victorian Psychology: Athena Vretttos.5. Empire, Race, and the Victorian Novel: Deirdre David.6. The Victorian Novel and Religion: Hilary Fraser.7. Scientific Ascendancy: John Kucich.8. Technology and Information: Accelerating Developments: Christopher Keep.9. Laws, The Legal World, and Politics: John Reed.10. Geneer, Politics, and Women's Rights: Hilary Schor.11. The Other Arts: Victorian Visual Culture: Jeffrey Spear.12. Imagined Audiences: The Novelist and the Stage: Reneta Kobetts-Miller.Part II: Forms of the Victorian Novel:.13. Newgate Novel to Detective Fiction: F.S. Scjhwarzbach.14. The Historical Novel: John Bowen.15. The Sensation Novel: Winifred Hughes.16. The Bildungsroman: John R. Maynard.17. The Gothic Romance in the Victorian Period: Cannon Schmitt.18. The Provencial or Regional Novel: Ian Duncan.19. Industrial and 'Condition-of-England's Novels: James Richard Simmons.20. Children's Fiction: Lewis Roberts.21. Victorian Science Fiction: Patrick Brantlinger.Part III: Victorian and Modern Theories of the Novel and the Reception of Novels and Novelists Then and Now:.22. The Receptions of Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy: Elizabeth Langland.23. Victorian Theories of the Novel: Joseph Childers.24. Modern and Postmodern Theories of Prose Fiction: Audrey Jaffe.25. The Afterlife of the Victorian Novel: Novels about Novels: Anne Humpherys.26. The Victorian Novel in Film and Television: Jocelyn Marsh.Index.
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"These are wonderful essays [...] written by important scholars in the field. [...]Highly recommended." Choice "another Blackwell reference work of prodigious proportions [...] by a galaxy of distinguished scholars [...] indispensable for any comprehensive reference library, destined indeed to be of permanent value and importance for many years to come." Reference Reviews
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About Patrick Brantlinger

Patrick Brantlinger is Rudy Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (1998), Fictions of State: Culture and Credit in Britain 1694-1994 (1996), Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism 1830-1914 (1990), and Crusoe's Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America (1990). William B. Thesing is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He is the author of The London Muse: Victorian Poetic Responses to the City (1982) and the editor of five volumes in Gale's Dictionary of Literary Biography: Victorian Prose Writers before 1867 (1986), Victorian Prose Writers after 1867 (1987), Victorian Women Poets (1998), British Short-Fiction Writers, 1880-1914: The Realist Tradition (1994), and Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets (2001). He recently edited Caverns of Night: Coal Mines in Art, Literature, and Film (2000).
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