The Early and Mid Victorian Novel

The Early and Mid Victorian Novel

In justice, however, to so great a writer as Richardson, I should take particular care to state that these strictures apply only to his earliest work. In all his novels there is a parade of moral laws, but that parade is not offensive ...

Author: David Skilton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317209201

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

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The Victorian period was the age of the novel and critics at the time clearly saw the importance of prose fiction. First published in 1993, this anthology contains over fifty original extracts from contemporary critics on the early and mid-Victorian novel. Arranged thematically, the volume covers such topics as literary form, the social responsibility of literature, issues of politics and gender, the influence of criticism, realism, plot and characterisation, imagination and creativity, and the office and social standing of the novelist. The introductions and notes draw together the large number of voices and guide the reader through the Victorian literary critical debate. This accessible and invaluable guide will be of interest to those studying Victorian literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Disenchantment Skepticism and the Early Modern Novel in Spain and France

Disenchantment  Skepticism  and the Early Modern Novel in Spain and France

Regardless of whether we want to accept Don Quijote's classification specifically as a novel, the work by Cervantes scholars on perspectivism highlights the importance of competing vantage points in Cervantes's work and enables us to ...

Author: Ann T. Delehanty

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000825268

Category: History

Page: 193

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This volume examines five early modern novels from the seventeenth century in Spain and France as examples of literature as a form of skeptical inquiry: Cervantes’s Don Quijote, Zayas’s Desengaños amorosos, Scarron’s Roman comique, Cyrano de Bergerac’s L’Autre Monde, and Mme. de Lafayette’s Zayde. These early modern novels encourage readers to take a critical stance toward accepted beliefs, through content that stages multiple encounters with the shockingly unfamiliar as well as through experiments in literary form, especially the interpolated story. At its broadest reach, this study asserts the fundamental value of literature as a means of encouraging discernment, recognizing the illusory, and honing critical acuity. In terms of the particularity of the historical moment, the volume also identifies the early modern novel as uniquely able to represent the conflicting value spheres of early modernity because of its ability to present multiple voices and its fascination with conflicting vantage points. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, Disenchantment, Skepticism, and the Early Modern Novel in Spain and France appeals to literary scholars and intellectual historians of the early modern period in Europe, as well as to advanced undergraduates and postgraduates studying the early novel, intellectual history, and philosophy of literature.
Categories: History

Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe

Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe

Commenting on her first novel, Spark explained that she wrote it to try out the form: “So I wrote a novel to work out the ... Again like most of her early works, this book focuses on a small society described in accurate detail, ...

Author: Katharina M. Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135616700

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 584

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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Urban Rehearsals and Novel Plots in the Early American City

Urban Rehearsals and Novel Plots in the Early American City

As someone whose scholarship had focused on US literature written after 1850 , I was transfixed , and my work transformed , by my introduction to scholars working in this earlier period and to the incredible holdings at the AAS .

Author: Betsy Klimasmith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192846211

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Urban Rehearsals and Novel Plots in the Early American City sheds new light on the literature of the early US by exploring how literature, theatre, architecture, and images worked together to allow readers to imagine themselves as urbanites even before cities developed. In the four decades following the Revolutionary War, the new nation was a loose network of nascent cities connected by print. Before a national culture could develop, local city cultures took shape; literary texts played key roles in helping new Americans become city people. Drawing on extensive archival research, Urban Rehearsals argues that literature, particularly novels and plays, allowed Bostonians to navigate the transition from colonial town to post-revolution city, enabled Philadelphians to grieve their experiences of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic and rebuild in the epidemic's aftermath, and showed New Yorkers how the domestic practices that reinforced their urbanity could be opened to the broader public. Throughout, attention to underrepresented voices and texts calls attention to the possibilities for women, immigrants, and Black Americans in developing urban spaces, while showing how those possibilities would be foreclosed as the nation developed. Balancing attention to canonical texts of the early Republic, including The Power of Sympathy, Charlotte Temple, and Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, with novels whose depiction of early cities deserves greater attention, such as Ormond, The Boarding-School, Monima, and Kelroy, this volume shows how US cities developed on the pages and stages of the early Republic, building urban imaginations that would construct the nation's early cities.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Novel of Female Adultery

The Novel of Female Adultery

Although it was not published until December 1829, he had completed and even printed an earlier version in 1826.32 The work is neither a novel nor a scientific study, though it owes debts to both genres. Instead, a physiology was a kind ...

Author: Bill Overton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349251735

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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The novel of adultery is a nineteenth-century form about the experience of women, produced almost exclusively by men. Bill Overton's study is the first to address the gender implications of this form, and the first to write its history. The opening chapter defines the terms 'adultery' and 'novel of adultery', and discusses how the form arose in Continental Europe, but failed to appear in Britain. Successive chapters deal with its development in France, and with examples from Russia, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Portugal.
Categories: Fiction

Dictionary of Early American Philosophers

Dictionary of Early American Philosophers

Her first two novels, Hobomok, a Tale of Early Times (1824) and The Rebels or Boston Before the Revolution (1825), testify to both her ... In 1836 Child published her most complex and misunderstood work, a novel, Philothea: A Romance.

Author: John R. Shook

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441171405

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1288

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The Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, which contains over 400 entries by nearly 300 authors, provides an account of philosophical thought in the United States and Canada between 1600 and 1860. The label of "philosopher" has been broadly applied in this Dictionary to intellectuals who have made philosophical contributions regardless of academic career or professional title. Most figures were not academic philosophers, as few such positions existed then, but they did work on philosophical issues and explored philosophical questions involved in such fields as pedagogy, rhetoric, the arts, history, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, medicine, anthropology, religion, metaphysics, and the natural sciences. Each entry begins with biographical and career information, and continues with a discussion of the subject's writings, teaching, and thought. A cross-referencing system refers the reader to other entries. The concluding bibliography lists significant publications by the subject, posthumous editions and collected works, and further reading about the subject.
Categories: Philosophy

The Age of Silver

The Age of Silver

GLObAL SILVER, LOCAL NOVELS 41 framework of my study nonetheless situates the “rise” of the English novel within an ... affairs” (shiqing) in contrast to earlier works of vernacular fiction that features heroic and fantastic themes.

Author: Ning Ma

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190606572

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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The Age of Silver advances a "horizontal" method of comparative literature and applies this approach to analyze the multiple emergences of early realism and novelistic modernity in Eastern and Western cultural spheres from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Naming this era of economic globalization the Age of Silver, Ning Ma emphasizes the bullion flow from South America and Japan to China through international commerce, and argues that the resultant transcontinental monetary and commercial co-evolutions stimulated analogous socioeconomic shifts and emergent novelistic realisms. The main texts addressed within include The Plum in the Golden Vase (China), Don Quixote (Spain), The Life of an Amorous Man (Japan), and Robinson Crusoe (England). These Eastern and Western narratives indicate from their own geographical vantage points commercial expansions' stimulation of social mobility and larger processes of cultural destabilization. Their realist tendencies are underlain with politically critical functions and connote "heteroglossic" national imaginaries. This horizontal argument realigns novelistic modernity with a multipolar global context and reestablishes commensurabilities between Eastern and Western literary histories. The Age of Silver challenges the unilateral equation between globalization and modernity with westernization, and foregrounds a polycentric mode of global early modernity for pluralizing the genealogy of world literature and historical transcultural relations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Islamophobia and the Novel

Islamophobia and the Novel

This is the era Kureishi's early work so ably chronicles. His novel The Buddha of Suburbia charts the adventures of its mixed-race protagonist across the 1970s, from the dwindling of the hippy era through the rise of punk to the eve of ...

Author: Peter Morey

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231541336

Category: Literary Criticism

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In an era of rampant Islamophobia, what do literary representations of Muslims and anti-Muslim bigotry tell us about changing concepts of cultural difference? In Islamophobia and the Novel, Peter Morey analyzes how recent works of fiction have framed and responded to the rise of anti-Muslim prejudice, showing how their portrayals of Muslims both reflect and refute the ideological preoccupations of media and politicians in the post-9/11 West. Islamophobia and the Novel discusses novels embodying a range of positions—from the avowedly secular to the religious, and from texts that appear to underwrite Western assumptions of cultural superiority to those that recognize and critique neoimperial impulses. Morey offers nuanced readings of works by John Updike, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, John le Carré, Khaled Hosseini, Azar Nafisi, and other writers, emphasizing the demands of the literary marketplace for representations of Muslims. He explores how depictions of Muslim experience have challenged liberal assumptions regarding the novel’s potential for empathy and its ability to encompass a variety of voices. Morey argues for a greater degree of critical self-consciousness in our understanding of writing by and about Muslims, in contrast to both exclusionary nationalism and the fetishization of difference. Contemporary literature’s capacity to unveil the conflicted nature of anti-Muslim bigotry expands our range of resources to combat Islamophobia. This, in turn, might contribute to Islamophobia’s eventual dismantling.
Categories: Literary Criticism

British Experimental Women s Fiction 1945 1975

British Experimental Women   s Fiction  1945   1975

that began in 1929, the novel has to an extent overshadowed Kavan's earlier work and is increasingly read alongside the avant-garde writing of a younger generation of postwar 1960s British writers (see Van Hove 2019).

Author: Andrew Radford

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030727666

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

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This book scrutinizes a range of relatively overlooked post-WWII British women writers who sought to demonstrate that narrative prose fiction offered rich possibilities for aesthetic innovation. What unites all the primary authors in this volume is a commitment to challenging the tenets of British mimetic realism as a literary and historical phenomenon. This collection reassesses how British female novelists operated in relation to transnational vanguard networking clusters, debates and tendencies, both political and artistic. The chapters collected in this volume enquire, for example, whether there is something fundamentally different (or politically dissident) about female experimental procedures and perspectives. This book also investigates the processes of canon formation, asking why, in one way or another, these authors have been sidelined or misconstrued by recent scholarship. Ultimately, it seeks to refine a new research archive on mid-century British fiction by female novelists at least as diverse as recent and longer established work in the domain of modernist studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory

A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory

(1 970) Raymond Williams (1921-88), of working-class origins in the Welsh 'border country', spent most of his working life ... The English Novel is a relatively early work; does Eagleton's phrase usefully describe the present extract; ...

Author: Peter Brooker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317903567

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 512

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This introduction to practicing literary theory is a reader consisting of extracts from critical analyses, largely by 20th century Anglo-American literary critics, set around major literary texts that undergraduate students are known to be familiar with. It is specifically targeted to present literary criticism through practical examples of essays by literary theorists themselves, on texts both within and outside the literary canon. Four example essays are included for each author/text presented.
Categories: Literary Criticism