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Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim

Critical Essays, 1st Edition

Edited by Jane Ford, Alexandra Gray

Routledge

242 pages

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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 author Charles Kingsley; her sister Rose, uncle, Henry Kingsley and her cousin Mary Henrietta Kingsley were also published authors. Malet was part of a creative dynasty from which she drew inspiration but against which she rebelled both in her personal life and her published work. This collection brings together for the first time a selection of scholarly essays on Malet’s life and writing, foregrounding her contributions to nineteenth- and twentieth-century discourses surrounding disability, psychology, religion, sexuality, the New Woman, and decadent, aesthetic and modernist cultural movements. The essays contained in this volume explore Malet’s authorial experience—from both within the mainstream of the British literary tradition and, curiously, from outside it—supplementing and nuancing current debates about fin-de-siècle women’s writing. The collection asks the question ‘who was Lucas Malet?’ and ‘how—despite its popularity—did her courageous, unique and fascinating writing disappear from view for so long?’

Table of Contents

Reading Malet "through the eyelashes": An Introduction to her Life and Work.

JANE FORD AND ALEXANDRA GRAY

Maletian Bodies

1. Hysterical Bodies and Gothic Spaces: Lucas Malet’s "Moral Dissecting-Room."

LOUISE BENSON JAMES

2. "That very ugly saddle": Disability, Adaptation and Paternal Inheritance in The History of Sir Richard Calmady.

CLARE WALKER GORE

3. "Vanity of Vanities": The Bildungsroman, Corporeal Fragility and the Aesthetic Ideal in The Far Horizon.

ALANI HICKS-BARTLETT

Dissident Women

4. Mad Dogs and English (New) Women: Grotesque Gender in The Carissima.

ALEXANDRA GRAY

5. Cosmopolitan Romance and Feminist Aestheticism in Adrian Savage.

CATHERINE DELYFER

6. The Authorial Ambition of Deadham Hard: Reimagining Womanhood, Profession and Desire.

CRESCENT RAINWATER

Malet and her Contemporaries

7. Reorienting the Bildungsroman: Progress Narratives, Queerness and Disability in The History of Sir Richard Calmady and Jude the Obscure.

JILL EHNENN

8. Some Chapter of Some Other Story: Henry James, Lucas Malet, and the Real Past of The Sense of the Past.

TALIA SCHAFFER

Catholic (proto-)Modernism

9. Against the English Nation: The ideological Proto-modernism of The Far Horizon.

HOLLY LAIRD

10. "Undecode-able wireless signals": Telepathy and Contamination in The Survivors.

JANE FORD

Appendix

In Memoriam, Ernest D. Chesterfield.

LUCAS MALET

Telling the Untold Stories: Lucas Malet’s Critique of an Aesthetic Trope.

RUTH ROBBINS

About the Editors

Jane Ford is a Lecturer in English Studies at Teesside University. She is a specialist in the literature and culture of the fin de siècle and she is currently completing a monograph which examines the complex network of metaphors that emerged around late-nineteenth-century conceptions of economic self-interest and exploitation. She is co-editor of Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives (Routledge, 2016) and has published essays on Vernon Lee, Lucas Malet and Bertram Mitford.

Alexandra Gray is a Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth. Alexandra’s research interests include the New Woman, fin-de-siècle literature and culture, art history and criticism and medical and psychiatric history. She has recently published her first monograph, Self-Harm in New Woman Writing (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), and has also written on the work of Irish New Woman, George Egerton, hyperhidrosis in fiction, and the orphan figure in Victorian literature and culture. She is a co-editor of ‘The Gateless Barrier,’ an online impact project for the purposes of feminist literary recovery, featuring research on Lucas Malet’s life and work.

About the Series

Among the Victorians and Modernists

Among the Victorians and Modernists

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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LITERARY CRITICISM / General