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Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel


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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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Picturing Description and Illusion in the Nineteenth Century Novel

Picturing: Description and Illusion in the Nineteenth Century Novel

1st Edition

Michael Irwin
December 31, 2017

First published in 1979. Most of the great nineteenth century novelists strove to render in words the people and places that they invented and most readers of fiction picture in their imagination these characters and scenes. This book investigates both types of ‘picturing’, exploring the principles...

The Idea of the Gentleman in the Victorian Novel

The Idea of the Gentleman in the Victorian Novel

1st Edition

Robin Gilmour
December 31, 2017

First published in 1981, this book represents the first comprehensive examination of Victorian society’s preoccupation with the ‘notion of the gentleman’ and how this was reflected in the literature of the time. Starting with Addison and Lord Chesterfield, the author explores the influence of the ...

A Theory of the Classical Novel

A Theory of the Classical Novel

1st Edition

Everett Knight
December 12, 2017

First published in 1969, this book asserts that two concepts, structure and praxis, make it impractical for scholars to ignore the necessity of a theory of the novel — with the term ‘classical novel’ used to cover western fiction. The author argues that the novel is fundamentally an ‘enterprise’ — ...

Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope

1st Edition

P.D. Edwards
December 12, 2017

First published in 1968, this book sets out to refute the idea of Trollope as a ‘mild cathedral-town novelist, describing storms in ecclesiastical tea cups’ which prevailed at the time in spite of his stature during his lifetime. The author reveals the full strength and range of Trollope’s ...

Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope

1st Edition

Arthur Pollard
December 12, 2017

Anthony Trollope is perhaps best known for the group of Barsetshire novels, a rich and enduring picture of society in a small cathedral town. He also wrote a number of Irish novels and a series about political society known as the ‘Palliser novels’. First published in 1978, this introduction to ...

Balzac and Music Its Place and Meaning in His Life and Work

Balzac and Music: Its Place and Meaning in His Life and Work

1st Edition

Jean-Pierre Barricelli
December 12, 2017

First published in 1990, this book was the first comprehensive study of Balzac’s relationship to music, blending past scholarship with new perspectives to formulate an inclusive account. It begins by examining the contacts and experiences that shaped the musical side of Balzac’s life. These left ...

Balzac and the French Revolution

Balzac and the French Revolution

1st Edition

Ronnie Butler
December 12, 2017

First published in 1983. Balzac’s novels are one of the largest and most important sources for the history of post-revolutionary France, but they have scarcely been tapped as they should be. Approaching the subject from the perspective of a literary, the author shows in detail how specific ...

Charles Dickens and the Form of the Novel Fiction and Narrative in Dickens' Work

Charles Dickens and the Form of the Novel: Fiction and Narrative in Dickens' Work

1st Edition

Graham Daldry
December 12, 2017

First published in 1987. While there have been commentaries on his humour, his seriousness, his social concerns, and other specific aspects of his work such accounts have only tended to divide our understanding of the novels, to lead us to see them as failures of artistic unity. In this book the ...

Class in Turn-of-the-Century Novels of Gissing, James, Hardy and Wells

Class in Turn-of-the-Century Novels of Gissing, James, Hardy and Wells

1st Edition

Christine DeVine
December 12, 2017

First published in 2005, this book argues that, due to political and ideological shifts in the last decades of the nineteenth century a new depiction of social class was possible in the English novel. Late-century writers such as Gissing, James, Hardy and Wells question the middle-class Victorian ...

Courtship and the English Novel Feminist Readings in the Fiction of George Meredith

Courtship and the English Novel: Feminist Readings in the Fiction of George Meredith

1st Edition

Janet Horowitz Murray
December 12, 2017

First published in 1987, these essays deal with the three major novels of George Meredith. It explores in particular Meredith’s feminism and demonstrates how each novel embodies his very modern views of the relations between the sexes. This book will be of interest to those studying 19th Century ...

Dickens and Popular Entertainment

Dickens and Popular Entertainment

1st Edition

Paul Schlicke
December 12, 2017

First published in 1985. Dickens was a vigorous champion of the right of all men and women to carefree amusements and dedicated himself to the creation of imaginative pleasure. This book represents the first extended study of this vital aspect of Dickens’ life and work, exploring how he channelled ...

Dickens in America Twain, Howells, James, and Norris

Dickens in America: Twain, Howells, James, and Norris

1st Edition

Joseph Gardner
December 12, 2017

First published in 1988, this book looks at the enormous impact Dickens’ writings had on American novelists in the second half of the nineteenth century. Dickens dominated not only popular taste but the American novel for sixty years and the author argues that even the most original writers showed ...

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