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Novels behind Glass
Commodity Culture and Victorian Narrative

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Part of Literature, Culture, Theory

  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521068345

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  • Drawing on work in critical theory, feminism and social history, this book traces the lines of tension shot through Victorian culture by the fear that the social world was being reduced to a display window behind which people, their actions and their convictions were exhibited for the economic appetites of others. Affecting the most basic elements of Victorian life - the vagaries of desire, the rationalisation of social life, the gendering of subjectivity, the power of nostalgia, the fear of mortality, the cyclical routines of the household - the ambivalence generated by commodity culture organizes the thematic concerns of these novels and the society they represent. Taking the commodity as their point of departure, chapters on Thackeray, Gaskell, Dickens, Eliot, Trollope, and the Great Exhibition of 1851 suggest that Victorian novels provide us with graphic and enduring images of the power of commodities to affect the varied activities and beliefs of individual and social experience.

    • Gives a fuller literary focus than rival publications and provides a methodology for analysing literary texts in an economic context
    • Potential market in social history, cultural studies, gender studies
    • In the highly successful Literature, Culture, Theory series
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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521068345
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. Longing for sleeve buttons
    3. Spaces of exchange: interpreting the Great Exhibition of 1851
    4. The fragments and small opportunities of Cranford
    5. Rearranging the furniture of Our Mutual Friend
    6. Owning up: possessive individualism in Trollope's Autobiography and The Eustace Diamonds
    7. Middlemarch and the solicitude of material culture
    Afterword
    Notes
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Andrew H. Miller, Indiana University

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