Authors whose works are discussed in this collaborative book, covering a 'long' nineteenth century, include Sterne, Fielding, Scott, Austen, Mary Shelley, Emily BrontÃ«, Gaskell, Dickens, George Eliot, Conrad, Woolf, and Lawrence. Most of the chapters focus on a single work, among them Tristram Shandy, Wuthering Heights, Bleak House, Middlemarch and Lord Jim, asking why, in the end, does this novel matter, and what does it invite us to 'see'. The contributors examine aspects of narrative technique which are crucial to interpretation, and which bring something new or distinctive into fiction. The introduction asks whether such experimentation may be driven by challenges to society's 'master narratives' - for instance, by a desire to circumvent the reader's ideological defences - and whether, in a radical model of canon-formation, such narrative innovation may be an aspect of canonicity.
Contents: Introduction; How pleasant to meet Mr. Fielding: the narrator as hero in Tom Jones, W.B. Hutchings; ’Where then lies the difference?’: the (ante)-postmodernity of Tristram Shandy, Jayne Lewis; Old Mortality: editor and narrator, Mary Wedd; Mathilda - who knew too much, Frederick Burwick; ’Perswasion’ in Persuasion, Jane Stabler; Wuthering Heights as bifurcated novel, Frederick Burwick; Negotiating Mary Barton, Richard Gravil; Nell, Alice, Lizzie: three sisters amid the grotesque, Alan Shelston; The androgyny of Bleak House, Richard Gravil; Middlemarch and ’the Home Epic’, Nicola Trott; The ghost of doubt: writing speech and language in Lord Jim, Gerard Barrett; Liking or disliking: Woolf, Conrad, Lawrence, Michael O’Neill; Index.
The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series, the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global. Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies. The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies.