Nineteenth-century Britain saw the rise of secularism, the development of a modern capitalist economy, multi-party democracy, and an explosive growth in technological, scientific and medical knowledge. It also witnessed the emergence of a mass literary culture which changed permanently the relationships between writers, readers and publishers.
Focusing on the work of British and Irish authors, The Routledge Concise History of Nineteenth-Century Literature:
In their lucid and accessible manner, Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small provide readers with an understanding of the complexity and variety of nineteenth-century literary culture, as well as the historical conditions which produced it.
Introduction: What is Nineteenth-Century Literature? 1. An Outline History of Nineteenth-Century Literature 2. Form, Style and Genre in Nineteenth-Century Literature 3. Nineteenth-Century Literary Movements 4. Nineteenth-Century Literature and History 5. Nineteenth-Century Literature and the Politics of Sex and Nationalism 6. Nineteenth-Century Literature, Consumerism and Commodity Culture: The Production of Texts.