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The Working-Classes in Victorian Fiction

1st Edition

By P. J. Keating


334 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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First published in 1971. The book examines the presentation of the urban and industrial working classes in Victorian fiction. It considers the different types of working men and women who appear in fiction, the environments they are shown to inhabit, and the use of phonetics to indicate the sound of working class voices. Evidence is drawn from a wide range of major and minor fiction, and new light is cast on Dickens, Mrs Gaskell, Charles Kingsley, George Gissing, Rudyard Kipling and Arthur Morrison. This book would be of interest to students of literature, sociology and history.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1 The two traditions, 1820-80 2 New lines and continuing traditions 3 George Gissing 4 Walter Besant and the ‘discovery’ of the East End 5 French naturalism and English working-class fiction 6 Rudyard Kipling and cockney archetypes 7 Arthur Morrison and the tone of violence 8 The Cockney School 9 Industrialism, urbanism and class conflict 10 The phonetic representation of Cockney; Notes; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Social History
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes