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Political Prayer in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Petitioning Women

Political Prayer in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Petitioning Women

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By Amy Dunham Strand
September 12, 2024

Political Prayer in Nineteenth-Century American Literature explores how white American women writers translated petitioning -- a political form for redress of grievances with religious resonance, or what Strand calls “political prayer” -- in their literary works. At a time when petitioning was ...

Reading the Romantic Ridiculous

Reading the Romantic Ridiculous

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By Andrew McInnes, Rita J. Dashwood
September 02, 2024

Reading The Romantic Ridiculous aims to take Romantic Studies from the sublime to the ridiculous. Building on recent work which decentres the myth of the solitary genius, this duograph theorises the ridiculous as an alternative affect to the sublime, privileging collective laughter above solitude ...

The Significance of Fabrics in the Writings of Elizabeth Gaskell Material Evidence

The Significance of Fabrics in the Writings of Elizabeth Gaskell: Material Evidence

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By Amanda Ford
August 26, 2024

Elizabeth Gaskell’s writings abound in references to a cultural materiality encompassing different types of fabric, stuffs, calicoes, chintzes and fine-point lace. These are not merely the motifs of the Realist genre but reveal a complex polysemy. Utilizing a metonymic examination of these tropes, ...

Ibsen and Degeneration Familial Decay and the Fall of Civilization

Ibsen and Degeneration: Familial Decay and the Fall of Civilization

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By Henrik Johnsson
August 19, 2024

Henrik Ibsen’s plays were written at a critical juncture in late-19th-century European culture. Appearing at a time when notions of evolution and heredity were commonplace themes in literature and the arts, Ibsenian drama highlights the creative potential offered by contemporary evolutionary ...

John Ruskin and the Victorian Woman Writer

John Ruskin and the Victorian Woman Writer

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By Anne Longmuir
August 15, 2024

John Ruskin and the Victorian Woman Writer addresses the little-considered personal and literary relationships of John Ruskin and four major Victorian women writers: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Christina Rossetti. Drawing on new archival, primary research, the ...

Metaphors of Economic Exploitation in Literature, 1885-1914 Vampiric Enterprise

Metaphors of Economic Exploitation in Literature, 1885-1914: Vampiric Enterprise

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By Jane Ford
August 01, 2024

Metaphors of Economic Exploitation in Literature, 1885–1914 explores the complex network of metaphors that emerged around late nineteenth-century conceptions of economic self-interest – metaphors that dramatised the predatory, conflictual, and exploitative basis of relations between nations, ...

James Malcolm Rymer, Penny Fiction, and the Family

James Malcolm Rymer, Penny Fiction, and the Family

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By Rebecca Nesvet
July 30, 2024

James Malcolm Rymer, Penny Fiction, and the Family is the first monograph focusing on Sweeney Todd and Varney the Vampyre’s creator James Malcolm Rymer (1814–1884). It argues that Rymer wrote his so-called ‘penny bloods’ and ‘dreadfuls’ for and about British urban working families. In the 1840s, ...

Jane Austen and the Ethics of Description

Jane Austen and the Ethics of Description

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By Brett Bourbon
May 27, 2024

Jane Austen and the Ethics of Description demonstrates that Elizabeth Bennet and her creator are misunderstood, and often unrecognized, geniuses of moral philosophy, but not simply because of their virtue or wit or natural skills in game theory. The engine driving the moral judgement and growth of ...

Wilkie Collins The Complete Fiction

Wilkie Collins: The Complete Fiction

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By Stephen Knight
May 27, 2024

This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the complete works of Wilkie Collins’s. Examining his vast array of novels and short stories, this volume includes analysis of the social, historical, and political commentary Collins offered within his works, illuminating Collins as more than ...

English Industrial Fiction of the Mid-Nineteenth Century The Voice of the People

English Industrial Fiction of the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Voice of the People

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By Stephen Knight
May 07, 2024

English Industrial Fiction of the Mid-Nineteenth Century discusses the valuable fiction written in mid-nineteenth-century Britain which represents the situations of the new breed of industrial workers, both the mostly male factory workers who operated in the oppressive mills of the midlands and ...

The Ambivalent Detective in Victorian Sensation Novels Dickens, Braddon, and Collins

The Ambivalent Detective in Victorian Sensation Novels: Dickens, Braddon, and Collins

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By Sarah Yoon
April 02, 2024

The Ambivalent Detective in Victorian Sensation Novels studies how the detective as a literary character evolved through the mid-nineteenth century in England, as seen in sensation novels. In contrast to most assumptions about the English detective, Yoon argues that the detective was more often ...

The Vampire in Nineteenth-Century Literature A Feast of Blood

The Vampire in Nineteenth-Century Literature: A Feast of Blood

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Edited By Brooke Cameron, Lara Karpenko
January 29, 2024

Against the social and economic upheavals that characterized the nineteenth century, the border-bending nosferatu embodied the period’s fears as well as its forbidden desires. This volume looks at both the range among and legacy of vampires in the nineteenth century, including race, culture, social...

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