Victorian criticism of the novel

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge [Cambridgeshire], New York .

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Bibliography: p. 243-258.

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Statementedited by Edwin M. Eigner and George J. Worth.
SeriesCambridge English prose texts
ContributionsEigner, Edwin M., Worth, George J. 1929-
LC ClassificationsPR872 .V5 1985
The Physical Object
Paginationvi, 258 p. ;
Number of Pages258
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2865475M
ISBN 100521255155, 0521275202
LC Control Number84028572

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The editors' introduction surveys the main issues, such as the debate between realism and romance, addressed by novel criticism throughout the period. Each of the selections that follow is set in its historical context by a prefatory essay and is fully annotated for the by: ISBN: OCLC Number: Description: vi, pages ; 22 cm.

Contents: Introductory essay --From 'On art in fiction' () / Edward Bulwer Lytton () --From 'Modern romance and novel' () / George Moir () --'The historical romance' () / Archibald Alison () --From 'Recent works of fiction' () / Anon.

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Victorian Literature: Criticism and Debates offers a comprehensive and critically engaging introduction to the study of Victorian literature and addresses the most popular and vibrant topics in the field today.

Separated into twelve sections, this anthology investigates issues as diverse as neo-formalism, sensationalism, religion, evolution, psychology, gender and sexuality. His The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding () is an important work in the history of the genre.

Published inThe Rise of the Novel is considered by many contemporary literary scholars as the seminal work on the origins of the novel, and an important study of Ian Watt was a literary critic, literary historian /5(3).

Francis O'Gorman is Lecturer in Victorian Literature in the School of English at the University of Leeds. He has written widely on the Victorian period, including the books John Ruskin () and Late Ruskin: New Contexts (), and co-edited collections on Margaret Oliphant (), Ruskin and Gender (), and The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the.

Like the Elizabethan drama, the novel in the early Victorian phase was written more for any entertainment than for any artistic purpose. But in spite, it contained the large purpose of offering a picture and criticism of contemporary life. The second and real cause of the lack of organization in these novels was that they were serialized in the monthly and weekly magazines.

Victorian literature is literature, mainly written in English, during the reign of Queen Victoria (–) (the Victorian era).It was preceded by Romanticism and followed by the Edwardian era (–).

While in the preceding Romantic period, poetry had been the conquerors, novels were the emperors of the Victorian period. [clarification needed] Charles Dickens (– Jane Eyre: A Critical Analysis of Gender Relations in Victorian Literature Modern society tends to view the victorian era as one of oppression and constraint, despite the social and cultural upheaval of the time.

This contradiction refers, in large, to the constraints imposed on the female gender. Women in Victorian England were viewed as inferior to their male. Early Criticism of the Victorian Novel from James Oliphant to David Cecil The State of the Novel in University Study of Victorian Literature.

Principles Victorian criticism of the novel book Literary History. The Approach of George Saintsbury. Extract from Saintsbury's The English Novel (). E.M. Oxford University Press, - Literary Criticism - pages 0 Reviews A collection of essays which describes the reading audience, publication methods, and literary style of the Victorian novel and provides a critical analysis of the period's major fiction writers.

The new period was not wanting in poetry and it witnessed the rise of the Victorian novel, but it was also notable for an access of criticism which reached its climax in Matthew Arnold. Arnold. Victorian Criticism of the Novel by Edwin M.

Eigner,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. A Neo-Victorian Novel is a novel written in modern times that takes place in the 19th century and usually puts a spin on the characteristics of the Victorian Era.

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King Solomon's Mines () is a popular novel by the English Victorian adventure writer and fabulist Sir H.

Rider tells of a search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the lost world literary genreAuthor: H.

Rider Haggard. A viable feminist criticism, I contend, ought to be able to address a novel like Heir, and Heir itself may be able to provide a model for how to do that. Such a model of feminist practice might actually resemble the simultaneous, atemporal, interactive model of the conference day.

The author of more than 40 books, Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale, where he has been teaching since earning his doctorate in The theory of literary evolution he developed in his book The Anxiety of Influence is considered seminal.

His work Western Canon made Bloom a household name. One of America’s. The novel’s eponymous character rises from being orphaned and poor into a successful and independent woman. The work combines themes from both Gothic and Victorian literature, revolutionizing the art of the novel by focusing on the growth in Jane’s sensibility with internalized action and writing.

Victorian Novel book. Read 4 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This guide steers students through significant critical responses to 3/5. The novel Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte’s response to the injustices of the Victorian Era.

One major injustice of the Victorian Era was its very rigid social classes. Victorian people have to follow rules specific to their social class, such as, a person cannot marry a member of another class.

The late victorian novel In the second half of the 19th century, there was the birth of a new literary movement, Realism, based on Darwin’s theories of the influence of the natural environment 3/5(1).

Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (). An under-appreciated Brontë novel, this book was Anne’s second (and last) book, and was disowned by her own sister, Charlotte, who thought it had been a mistake to publish tried to address the problems of marital law and domestic abuse in the nineteenth century, through the abusive marriage between Arthur Huntingdon and the novel’s.

The Wire (unlike a Victorian novel) was going for that journalistic style, and for the most part succeeds. However, Hemingway's style still manages to be idiosyncratic (as you say, does Dickens's.

Women in novels have tended to “feel”, while men “get”; women smile or laugh, while men grin or chuckle. An analysis of more thannovels spanning more than years shows how. A history of criticism of the Victorian novel James Eli Adams Victorian realism Caroline Levine Intellectual debate in the Victorian novel: religion and science John Kucich Race and the Victorian novel Patrick Brantlinger Social class and the Victorian novel Joseph W.

Childers As the section Victorian Feminism and 20th- and 21st-Century Literary Criticism shows, second-wave feminist literary critics brought attention to under-recognized Victorian women writers in the s, and third-wave feminist theorists introduced concepts such as gender performativity in the late s and early s, concepts that reframed.

John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism. Pamela and the Epistolary Novel John Dryden: Poetry, Plays & Criticism eventually wrote a whole bunch of book-length treatises about 21st. Victorian novels remain enormously popular today: some continue to be made into films, while authors such as Charles Dickens and George Eliot are firmly established in the canon and taught at all levels.

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See Kate Flint, “The Victorian novel and its readers”, in The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel, ed. by Deirdre David (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ), pp. (p). Agnes Repplier, “English Railway Fiction”, Points of View (Boston and. When Charlotte Brontë set out to write the novel Jane Eyre, she was determined to create a main character who challenged the notion of the ideal Victorian woman, or as Brontë was once quoted: "a heroine as plain and as small as myself" (Gaskell, Chapter XV).Brontë's determination to portray a plain yet passionate young woman who defied the stereotype of the docile and domestic Victorian.

Intellectual and Cultural Texts () Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution () Isabella Mary Beeton, The Book of Household Management () Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species () Hypertext version; Edwin M.

Eigner and George J. Worth (eds.), Victorian Criticism of the Novel () Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Bronte () E-text version. In The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel, first published ina series of specially-commissioned essays examine the work of Charles Dickens, the Brontës, George Eliot and other canonical writers, as well as that of such writers as Olive Schreiner, Wilkie Collins and H.

Rider Haggard, whose work has recently attracted new attention from scholars and students. “Genre, Criticism and the Early Victorian Novel” details the animated debates on the value of the novel-genre in the early nineteenth century.

At the centre of these discussions lies the relationship between the emerging Victorian novel and the powerful periodical magazines and reviews of that era.

As this chapter demonstrates, periodicals provided the primary context in which the novel Cited by: 1. Since its beginning in the s, elements of the gothic novel have influenced many individual authors and literary movements.

Among the most visible and important influences of the gothic novel are on two very distinct and time-separated genres: Victorian literature.

Victorian Critics and Metacritics: Arnold, Pater, Ruskin and the Independence of Literary Cr iticism 57 - In France, influenced by Comte, Honore de Balzac (), in the famousAuthor: Petru Golban. Victorian Age was an age of the prose and poetry, the age of newspaper, the magazine, and the modern novel.

Most important, the novel in this age fills a place which the drama held in the days of Elizabeth; and never before, in any age or language, has the novel. Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (), is a superb example of late-Victorian Gothic fiction.

It ranks alongside Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde () and Bram Stoker’s Dracula () as a representation of how fin-de-siècle literature explored the darkest recesses of Victorian society and the often disturbing private desires that. A literary criticism of the book "Middlemarch," by George Eliot is presented.

The articles incompatibility of desire and knowledge prefigured in the book was being argued. The readerly disposition encouraged by fiction is characterized. Key information regarding the plot and characters of the books is also provided.This book introduces students to the Victorian novel and its contexts, teaching strategies for reading and researching nineteenth-century literature.

Combining close reading with background information and analysis it considers the Victorian novel as a product of the industrial age by focusing on popular texts including Dickens's Oliver Twist.Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is just the sort of book that made Victorian England shiver.

This decadent masterpiece is anything but a vehicle for the propagation of middle-class morality. We have in Wilde the ultimate aesthete, a disciple of Walter Pater, a dandy who in his personal life.

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