The New Man, Masculinity and Marriage in the Victorian Novel: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The New Man, Masculinity and Marriage in the Victorian Novel

1st Edition

By Tara MacDonald


240 pages

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Hardback: 9781848934917
pub: 2015-03-01

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By tracing the rise of the New Man alongside novelistic changes in the representations of marriage, MacDonald shows how this figure encouraged Victorian writers to reassess masculine behaviour and to re-imagine the marriage plot in light of wider social changes. She finds examples in novels by Dickens, Anne Brontë, George Eliot and George Gissing.


"This book sets out a clear thesis and supports it with sophisticated close readings and historical evidence. In expanding the field of masculinity studies by highlighting the critically ignored figure of the New Man, it joins Phillip Mallett's edited collection as a contribution to our understanding of the Victorian male." - Jacob Jewusiak, Review 19

About the Author

Tara MacDonald is Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Idaho, USA.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century