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The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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G.W.M. Reynolds Reimagined Studies in Authorship, Radicalism, and Genre, 1830-1870

G.W.M. Reynolds Reimagined: Studies in Authorship, Radicalism, and Genre, 1830-1870

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Jennifer Conary, Mary L. Shannon
April 21, 2023

This essay collection proposes that G.W.M. Reynolds’s contribution to Victorian print culture reveals the interrelations between authorship, genre, and radicalism in popular print culture of the nineteenth century. As a best-selling author of popular fiction marketed to the lower classes, and a ...

Antipodean George Eliot

Antipodean George Eliot

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Margaret Harris, Matthew Sussman
December 21, 2022

In Middlemarch, George Eliot famously warns readers not to see themselves as the centre of their own world, which produces a ‘flattering illusion of concentric arrangement’. The scholarly contributors to Antipodean George Eliot resist this form of centrism. Hailing from four continents and six ...

Women’s Writing and Mission in the Nineteenth Century Jane Eyre’s Missionary Sisters

Women’s Writing and Mission in the Nineteenth Century: Jane Eyre’s Missionary Sisters

1st Edition

By Angharad Eyre
November 30, 2022

Until now, the missionary plot in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has been seen as marginal and anomalous. Despite women missionaries being ubiquitous in the nineteenth century, they appeared to be absent from nineteenth-century literature. As this book demonstrates, though, the female missionary ...

Writing for Social Change in Temperance Periodicals Conviction and Career

Writing for Social Change in Temperance Periodicals: Conviction and Career

1st Edition

By Annemarie McAllister
November 25, 2022

This book suggests alternative ways of looking at what made a writer, what people gained from writing, and explores the alternative world of temperance periodicals of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It introduces some of the now-forgotten writers who, in their thousands, kept the ...

Gender, Writing, Spectatorships Evenings at the Theatre, Opera, and Silent Screen in Late Nineteenth-Century Italy and Beyond

Gender, Writing, Spectatorships: Evenings at the Theatre, Opera, and Silent Screen in Late Nineteenth-Century Italy and Beyond

1st Edition

By Katharine Mitchell
November 30, 2021

This original study makes a valuable contribution to Italian feminist/women’s history, spectatorship studies, and cultural history by examining women as protagonists, producers and consumers of literature, theatre, opera and film. Drawing on archival material – female correspondence, life-writings ...

Dickens and the Bible 'What Providence Meant'

Dickens and the Bible: 'What Providence Meant'

1st Edition

By Jennifer Gribble
December 11, 2020

At a time when biblical authority was under challenge from the Higher Criticism and evolutionary science, ‘what providence meant’ was the most keenly contested of questions. This book takes up the controversial subject of Dickens and religion, and offers a significant contribution to the ...

Reading Transatlantic Girlhood in the Long Nineteenth Century

Reading Transatlantic Girlhood in the Long Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Edited By Robin L. Cadwallader, LuElla D’Amico
June 04, 2020

This collection is the first of its kind to interrogate both literal and metaphorical transatlantic exchanges of culture and ideas in nineteenth-century girls’ fiction. As such, it initiates conversations about how the motif of travel in literature taught nineteenth-century girl audiences to ...

Women’s Letters as Life Writing 1840–1885

Women’s Letters as Life Writing 1840–1885

1st Edition

By Catherine Delafield
December 18, 2019

Examining letter collections published in the second half of the nineteenth century, Catherine Delafield rereads the life-writing of Frances Burney, Charlotte Brontë, Mary Delany, Catherine Winkworth, Jane Austen and George Eliot, situating these women in their epistolary culture and in relation to...

Literary Experiments in Magazine Publishing Beyond Serialization

Literary Experiments in Magazine Publishing: Beyond Serialization

1st Edition

By Thomas Lloyd Vranken
September 10, 2019

As the nineteenth century came to an end, a number of voices within the British and American magazine industries pushed back against serialisation as the dominant publication mode, experimenting instead with less conventional magazine formats. This book explores these formats, focusing (in ...

Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines

Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines

1st Edition

By Bernard Lightman, Bennett Zon
June 24, 2019

Current studies in disciplinarity range widely across philosophical and literary contexts, producing heated debate and entrenched divergences. Yet, despite their manifest significance for us today seldom have those studies engaged with the Victorian origins of modern disciplinarity.  Victorian ...

The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes

The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Bradshaw, Ute Berns
June 17, 2019

Bringing together eminent scholars and emerging critics who offer a range of perspectives and critical methods, this collection sets a new standard in Beddoes criticism. In line with the goals of Ashgate's Research Companion series, the editors and contributors provide an overview of Beddoes's ...

Thomas Hardy’s ‘Facts’ Notebook A Critical Edition

Thomas Hardy’s ‘Facts’ Notebook: A Critical Edition

1st Edition

Edited By William Greenslade
June 12, 2019

Within weeks of Thomas Hardy’s return to his native Dorchester in June 1883, he began to compile his ’Facts’ notebook, which he kept up throughout the years when he was writing some of his major work - The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. ...

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