The Nineteenth-Century Novel: A Critical Reader provides a comprehensive selection of contemporary and modern essays on the most important novels of the period. By bringing together a range of material written across two centuries, it offers an insight into the changing reception of realist fiction and a discussion of how complex debates about the meaning and function of realism informed and shaped the kind of fiction that was written in the nineteenth century. The novels discussed are: Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, Dombey and Son, Middlemarch, Far From the Madding Crowd, Germinal, Madame Bovary, The Woman in White, The Portrait of a Lady, The Awakening, Dracula, Heart of Darkness.
Stephen Regan is Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway, University of London.
'Stephen Regan's hefty collection of essays on the 19th century novel is indispensable to any course on Victorian literature.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
'This compendium of sixty or so essays provides every angle on fiction anyone could possibly want, with unobtrusive orientation for less experienced students of literature.' - Joy Alexander, Use of English