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George Gissing

Voices of the Unclassed, 1st Edition

Edited by Martin Ryle, Jenny Bourne Taylor


170 pages

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First published in 2005, this collection of essays brings together British, European and North American literary critics and cultural historians with diverse specialities and interests to demonstrate the range of contemporary perspectives through which George Gissing’s fiction can be viewed. It offers both closely contextualised historical readings and broader cultural and philosophical assessments and engages with a number of themes including: the cultural and social formation of class and gender, social mobility and its unsettling effects on individual and collective identities, the place of writing in emerging mass culture, and the possibility and limits of fiction as critical intervention.

This book will be of interest to those studying the works of George Gissing, and 19th century literature more broadly.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors; Introduction: Gissing’s Critical Contexts Martin Ryle and Jenny Bourne Taylor; 1. Baltherwicks and Busybodies: Gissing on the Culture of Philanthropic Slumming Diana Maltz 2. Her Appearance in Public: Sexual Danger, Urban Space and the Working Woman Emma Liggins 3. ‘Just a morsel to stay your appetite’: Gissing and the Cultural Politics of Food Scott McCracken 4. The Strange Case of Godwin Peak: Double Consciousness in Born in Exile Jenny Bourne Taylor 5. Sex and the City: Gissing, Helmholtz, Freud David Glover 6. The Discontents of Everyday Life: Civilization and Pathology of Masculinity in The Whirlpool Simon J. James 7. Whirlpools of Modernity: European Naturalism and the Urban Phantasmagoria Deborah Parsons 8. ‘To show a man of letters’: Gissing, Cultural Authority and Literary Modernism Martin Ryle 9. New Grub Street’s Self Consciousness Christina Lupton and Tilman Reitz 10. The Voice of the Unclassed: Gissing and Twentieth-Century English Fiction Patrick Parrinder; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century