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Among the Victorians and Modernists: Among the Victorians and Modernists


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This series publishes monographs and essay collections on literature, art, and culture in the context of the diverse aesthetic, political, social, technological, and scientific innovations that arose among the Victorians and Modernists. Viable topics include, but are not limited to, artistic and cultural debates and movements; influential figures and communities; and agitations and developments regarding subjects such as animals, commodification, decadence, degeneracy, democracy, desire, ecology, gender, nationalism, the paranormal, performance, public art, sex, socialism, spiritualities, transnationalism, and the urban. Studies that address continuities between the Victorians and Modernists are welcome. Work on recent responses to the periods such as NeoVictorian novels, graphic novels, and film will also be considered.

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The Ethical Vision of George Eliot

The Ethical Vision of George Eliot

1st Edition

By Thomas Albrecht
January 22, 2020

The Ethical Vision of George Eliot is one of the first monographs devoted entirely to the ethical thought of George Eliot, a profoundly significant, influential figure not only in nineteenth-century English and European literature, nineteenth-century women’s writing, the history of the novel, and ...

Contemporary Rewritings of Liminal Women Echoes of the Past

Contemporary Rewritings of Liminal Women: Echoes of the Past

1st Edition

By Miriam Borham-Puyal
January 16, 2020

This book explores the concept of liminality in the representation of women in eighteenth and nineteenth century literature, as well as in contemporary rewritings, such as novels, films, television shows, videogames, and graphic novels. In particular, the volume focuses on vampires, prostitutes, ...

Poetry and Uselessness From Coleridge to Ashbery

Poetry and Uselessness: From Coleridge to Ashbery

1st Edition

By Robert Archambeau
January 16, 2020

W.H. Auden famously claimed "poetry makes nothing happen." That may or may not be the case, but the idea that poetry makes nothing happen has, itself, been extremely influential, and has made a great deal happen in the world.  This book examines several of the main currents in literary history as ...

The Socio-Literary Imaginary in 19th and 20th Century Britain Victorian and Edwardian Inflections

The Socio-Literary Imaginary in 19th and 20th Century Britain: Victorian and Edwardian Inflections

1st Edition

Edited By Maria K. Bachman, Albert D. Pionke
September 30, 2019

At once an invitation and a provocation, The Socio-Literary Imaginary represents the first collection of essays to illuminate the historically and intellectually complex relationship between literary studies and sociology in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. During the ongoing ...

Nordic Literature of Decadence

Nordic Literature of Decadence

1st Edition

Edited By Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Riikka Rossi, Viola Parente-Čapková, Mirjam Hinrikus
July 11, 2019

Nordic Literature of Decadence fills a gap on the map of world literature and participates in a thriving area of research by extending the investigation of broadly understood fin de siècle decadence to unexplored areas of Nordic literature, which remain practically unknown to Anglophone audiences. ...

Modernism, Self-Creation, and the Maternal The Mother’s Son

Modernism, Self-Creation, and the Maternal: The Mother’s Son

1st Edition

By James Martell
July 04, 2019

Focusing on their conception and use of the notion of the mother, Modernism, Self-Creation, and the Maternal proposes a new interpretation of literature by modernist authors like Rousseau, Baudelaire, Poe, Rimbaud, Rilke, Joyce, and Beckett. Seen through this maternal relation, their writing ...

Threatened Masculinity from British Fiction to Cold War German Cinema

Threatened Masculinity from British Fiction to Cold War German Cinema

1st Edition

By Joseph P. Willis
June 04, 2019

The impact of the Cold War on German male identities can be seen in the nation’s cinematic search for a masculine paradigm that rejected the fate-centered value system of its National- Socialist past while also recognizing that German males once again had become victims of fate and fatalism, but ...

Fieldwork of Empire, 1840-1900 Intercultural Dynamics in the Production of British Expeditionary Literature

Fieldwork of Empire, 1840-1900: Intercultural Dynamics in the Production of British Expeditionary Literature

1st Edition

By Adrian S. Wisnicki
March 21, 2019

Fieldwork of Empire, 1840-1900: Intercultural Dynamics in the Production of British Expeditionary Literature examines the impact of non-western cultural, political, and social forces and agencies on the production of British expeditionary literature; it is a project of recovery. The book argues ...

Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim Critical Essays

Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Jane Ford, Alexandra Gray
February 05, 2019

Popular novelist, female aesthete, Victorian radical and proto-modernist, Lucas Malet (Mary St. Leger  Harrison, 1852-1931) was one of the most successful writers of her day, yet few of her remarkable novels remain in print. Malet was a daughter of the ‘broad church’ priest and well-known Victorian...

Arthur O'Shaughnessy, A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum

Arthur O'Shaughnessy, A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum

1st Edition

By Jordan Kistler
January 17, 2019

Arthur O'Shaughnessy's career as a natural historian in the British Museum, and his consequent preoccupation with the role of work in his life, provides the context with which to reexamine his contributions to Victorian poetry. O'Shaughnessy's engagement with aestheticism, socialism, and Darwinian ...

Philanthropy and Early Twentieth-Century British Literature

Philanthropy and Early Twentieth-Century British Literature

1st Edition

By Milena Radeva-Costello
December 13, 2018

Philanthropy and Early Twentieth-Century British Literature explores the relationship between British literature and philanthropy at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, examining the works of E. M. Forster, Rebecca West, W. B. Yeats, Roger Fry, Wyndham Lewis, Virginia Woolf, ...

Art, Race, and Fantastic Color Change in the Victorian Novel

Art, Race, and Fantastic Color Change in the Victorian Novel

1st Edition

By Jessica Durgan
December 11, 2018

As a study of color in the Victorian novel, this volume notices and analyzes a peculiar literary phenomenon in which Victorian authors who were also trained as artists dream up fantastically colored characters for their fiction. These strange and eccentric characters include the purple madwoman ...

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