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Jane Austen and Literary Theory

Jane Austen and Literary Theory

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Shawn Normandin
March 12, 2021

Jane Austen was one of the most adventurous thinkers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but one would probably never guess that by reading her critics. Perhaps no canonical author in English literature has proven, until now, more resistant to theory. Tracing the political ...

Robert Seymour and Nineteenth Century Print Culture Sketches by Seymour and Comic Illustration

Robert Seymour and Nineteenth Century Print Culture: Sketches by Seymour and Comic Illustration

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Brian Maidment
February 01, 2021

Robert Seymour and Nineteenth Century Print Culture is the first book length study of the original illustrator of Dickens’s Pickwick Papers. Discussion of the range and importance of Seymour’s work as a jobbing illustrator in the 1820s and 1830s is at the centre of the book. A bibliographical study...

The Nineteenth Century Revis(it)ed The New Historical Fiction

The Nineteenth Century Revis(it)ed: The New Historical Fiction

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Ina Bergmann
December 30, 2020

The Nineteenth Century Revis(it)ed: The New Historical Fiction explores the renaissance of the American historical novel at the turn of the twenty-first century. The study examines the revision of nineteenth-century historical events in cultural products against the background of recent theoretical...

The Bohemian Republic Transnational Literary Networks in the Nineteenth Century

The Bohemian Republic: Transnational Literary Networks in the Nineteenth Century

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James Gatheral
November 30, 2020

In the mid-nineteenth century successive cultural Bohemias were proclaimed in Paris, London, New York, and Melbourne. Focusing on networks and borders as the central modes of analysis, this book charts for the first time Bohemia’s cross-Channel, transatlantic, and trans-Pacific migrations, locating...

“Music Makers” and World Creators The Forms And Functions Of Embedded Poems In British Fantasy Narratives

“Music Makers” and World Creators: The Forms And Functions Of Embedded Poems In British Fantasy Narratives

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Michaela Hausmann
October 23, 2020

Many works of fantasy literature feature a considerable number of embedded poems, some written by the authors themselves, some borrowed and transformed from other authors. Exploring the mechanisms of this mix and the interaction between individual poems and the overall narrative, this monograph ...

Jane Austen and Altruism

Jane Austen and Altruism

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Magdalen Ki
March 04, 2020

Jane Austen and Altruism identifies a compelling theme, namely, the view that Jane Austen propounds a rigorous, boundary-sensitive model of altruism that counters the human propensity to selfishness and promotes the culture of cooperation. In her days, altruism was commonly known as "benevolence", ...

Geography and the Literary Imagination in Victorian Fictions of Empire The Poetics of Imperial Space

Geography and the Literary Imagination in Victorian Fictions of Empire: The Poetics of Imperial Space

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Jean Fernandez
January 23, 2020

In this pioneering study, Dr. Fernandez explores how the rise of institutional geography in Victorian England impacted imperial fiction’s emergence as a genre characterized by a preoccupation with space and place. This volume argues that the alliance between institutional geography and the British ...

Genres and Provenance in the Comedy of W.S. Gilbert Pipes and Tabors

Genres and Provenance in the Comedy of W.S. Gilbert: Pipes and Tabors

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Richard Moore
November 01, 2019

In The Progress of Fun W.S. Gilbert was considered, not as a ‘classic Victorian’, but as part of an on-going comedic continuum stretching from Aristophanes to Joe Orton and beyond. Pipes and Tabors continues the story, covering the comedic experience differently by reference to genres. Here – ...

Dickensian Affects Charles Dickens and Feelings of Precarity

Dickensian Affects: Charles Dickens and Feelings of Precarity

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Joshua Gooch
October 08, 2019

In Dickensian Affects: Charles Dickens and Feelings of Precarity, Joshua Gooch argues that Dickens’s novels offer models of feeling that illuminate the dissensions that accompany life’s precariousness under capitalism. By examining the role of violence, anxiety, surprise, and suspense in Dickens’s ...

Decadent Aesthetics and the Acrobat in French Fin de siècle

Decadent Aesthetics and the Acrobat in French Fin de siècle

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Jennifer Forrest
September 05, 2019

In his discussion of clowns in nineteenth-century French painting from Jean-Léon Gérôme’s 1857 La Sortie du bal masqué to Georges Rouault, art historian Francis Haskell wondered why they are so sad. The myth of the sad clown as an allegory for the unappreciated artist found echoes in the work of ...

Victorian Contagion Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination

Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination

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Chung-jen Chen
September 04, 2019

Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination examines the literary and cultural production of contagion in the Victorian era and the way that production participated in a moral economy of surveillance and control. In this book, I attempt to make sense of how ...

Nineteenth-Century Southern Women Writers Grace King and Modernism

Nineteenth-Century Southern Women Writers: Grace King and Modernism

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Melissa Walker Heidari, Brigitte Zaugg
August 19, 2019

The essays in this book explore the role of Grace King’s fiction in the movement of American literature from local color and realism to modernism and show that her work exposes a postbellum New Orleans that is fragmented socially, politically, and linguistically. In her introduction, Melissa Walker...

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