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The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature

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Part of The New Cambridge History of English Literature

Kate Flint, David Finkelstein, Leah Price, Hilary Fraser, David Amigoni, Janice Carlisle, Stephen Arata, Angela Leighton, Herbert Tucker, Carolyn Williams, Linda H. Peterson, John Bowen, Jerome McGann, Claudia Nelson, Dinah Birch, Elisabeth Jay, Elaine Freedgood, Mary Poovey, Andrew Sanders, Sharon Marcus, Elizabeth Helsinger, Gillian Beer, Helen Small, Deborah Nord, Francis O'Gorman, Clare Pettitt, Isobel Armstrong, Sara L. Maurer, Nicholas Dames, Pablo Mukherjee, Deirdre David, Joseph Bristow, Jay Clayton
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  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521846257

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  • This collaborative History aims to become the standard work on Victorian literature for the twenty-first century. Well-known scholars introduce readers to their particular fields, discuss influential critical debates and offer illuminating contextual detail to situate authors and works in their wider cultural and historical contexts. Sections on publishing and readership and a chronological survey of major literary developments between 1837 and 1901, are followed by essays on topics including sexuality, sensation, cityscapes, melodrama, epic and economics. Victorian writing is placed in its complex relation to the Empire, Europe and America, as well as to Britain's component nations. The final chapters consider how Victorian literature, and the period as a whole, influenced twentieth-century writers. Original, lucid and stimulating, each chapter is an important contribution to Victorian literary studies. Together, the contributors create an engaging discussion of the ways in which the Victorians saw themselves and of how their influence has persisted.

    • A succinct, knowledgeable treatment of many individual aspects of Victorian literature
    • The chapters are freshly written by a range of well-known senior scholars
    • The contributors set individual works both within the context of literary history and within a broader understanding of the cultural, social and political currents of the Victorian period
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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    "… the consistently high quality of the thirty-three essays insures reliable information, perceptive commentary, and up-to-the-minute critical perspectives."
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    "This volume, part of The New Cambridge History of English Literature series, represents a major contribution to Victorian literacy studies that will be considered a standard reference work for many years to come."
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    "A strongly thought-provoking and insightful study of Victorian literature, this is a scholarly work that will enable Victorian literary studies to be imbued with a renewed sense of vitality and stimulation thanks to new thought and work. Engaging and influential, this is a book which echoes the writing of those it studies."
    Louise Ellis-Barrett, Reference Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521846257
    • length: 787 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 161 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1.37kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Kate Flint
    Part I. Authors, Readers, and Publishers:
    1. Publishing and the materiality of the book David Finkelstein
    2. Victorian reading Leah Price
    3. Periodicals and reviewing Hilary Fraser
    Part II. Writing Victoria's England:
    4. The expansion of Britain David Amigoni
    5. High Victorianism Janice Carlisle
    6. The Fin-de-Siècle Stephen Arata
    Part III. Modes of Writing:
    7. Lyric and the lyrical Angela Leighton
    8. Epic Herbert Tucker
    9. Melodrama Carolyn Williams
    10. Sensation Kate Flint
    11. Autobiography Linda H. Peterson
    12. Comic and satirical John Bowen
    13. Innovation and experiment Jerome McGann
    14. Writing for children Claudia Nelson
    Part IV. Matters of Debate:
    15. Education Dinah Birch
    16. Spirituality Elisabeth Jay
    17. Material Elaine Freedgood
    18. Economics and finance Mary Poovey
    19. History Andrew Sanders
    20. Sexuality Sharon Marcus
    21. Aesthetics Elizabeth Helsinger
    22. Science and literature Gillian Beer
    23. Subjectivity, psychology, and the imagination Helen Small
    24. Cityscapes Deborah Nord
    25. The rural scene: Victorian literature and the natural world Francis O'Gorman
    26. 'The annihilation of space and time': literature and technology Clare Pettitt
    Part V. Spaces of Writing:
    27. Spaces of the nineteenth-century novel Isobel Armstrong
    28. National and regional literatures Sara L. Maurer
    29. Britain and Europe Nicholas Dames
    30. Victorian empire Pablo Mukherjee
    31. Writing about America Deirdre David
    Part VI. Victorian Afterlives:
    32. 1900 and the début de siècle Joseph Bristow
    33. Revisiting the Victorians Jay Clayton
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Kate Flint, University of Southern California
    Kate Flint is Provost's Professor of English and Art History at the University of Southern California.

    Contributors

    Kate Flint, David Finkelstein, Leah Price, Hilary Fraser, David Amigoni, Janice Carlisle, Stephen Arata, Angela Leighton, Herbert Tucker, Carolyn Williams, Linda H. Peterson, John Bowen, Jerome McGann, Claudia Nelson, Dinah Birch, Elisabeth Jay, Elaine Freedgood, Mary Poovey, Andrew Sanders, Sharon Marcus, Elizabeth Helsinger, Gillian Beer, Helen Small, Deborah Nord, Francis O'Gorman, Clare Pettitt, Isobel Armstrong, Sara L. Maurer, Nicholas Dames, Pablo Mukherjee, Deirdre David, Joseph Bristow, Jay Clayton

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