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The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

Series Editors:

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 boundarybetween 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 thewider, 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. 

  • Male Adolescence in Mid-Victorian Fiction

    George Meredith, W. M. Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope

    By Alice Crossley

    Focusing on works by George Meredith, W. M. Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope, Alice Crossley expounds on the emergence of adolescence in the mid-Victorian period as a distinct form of experience. Adolescence, Crossley shows, appears as a discrete category of identity that draws on but is nonetheless…

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  • Jane Austen, George Eliot and the Reflective Tradition

    By Rose Pimentel

    In her exploration of the moral tradition shared between Jane Austen and George Eliot, Rose Pimentel argues that a common ethical dynamic between the two authors, and what would later be known as the realist novel, emerged from an emphasis on reflection as introspection that was widespread in the…

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  • Ouida (1839-1908) in Transnational Popular Culture

    A Literary Life at the Margins

    By Andrew King

    Ouida was the one of the best known and best-selling authors of the nineteenth century. Informed by unknown or neglected sources in English and Italian, Andrew King’s biography interlaces the story of Ouida’s life with new readings of her works and analyses of Victorian popular culture, the…

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  • Paraphernalia! Victorian Objects

    Edited by Helen Kingstone, Kate Lister

    The Victorian era is famous for the collecting, hording, and displaying of things; for the mass production and consumption of things; for the invention, distribution and sale of things; for those who had things, and those who did not. For many people, the Victorian period is intrinsically…

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  • Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities

    Constructions of Masculinity in Art and Literature

    Edited by Amelia Yeates, Serena Trowbridge

    Drawing on recent theoretical developments in gender and men’s studies, Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities shows how the ideas and models of masculinity were constructed in the work of artists and writers associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Paying particular attention to the representation of…

    Paperback – 2017-10-12
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  • Life Writing and Victorian Culture

    Edited by David Amigoni

    In this collection of interdisciplinary essays, experts from Britain and the United States in the fields of nineteenth-century literature, and social and cultural history explore new directions in the field of Victorian life writing. Chapters examine a varied yet interrelated range of genres, from…

    Paperback – 2017-09-25
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  • Anatomy of a Controversy

    The Debate over 'Essays and Reviews' 1860–64

    By Josef L. Altholz

    Controversy, especially religious controversy, was the great spectator sport of Victorian England. This work is a study of the biggest and best of Victorian religious controversies. Essays and Reviews (1860) was a composite volume of seven authors (six of them Anglican clergymen) which brought…

    Paperback – 2017-08-11
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  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon

    Writing in the Margins

    By Anne Marie Beller

    Exploring the theme of marginality in Mary Elizabeth Braddon novels from The Trail of the Serpent (1861) to The Infidel (1900), Anne-Marie Beller makes astute connections between the marginalized position of the female popular novelist and the marginalized subject in Braddon's fiction. In so doing,…

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  • Gendering Walter Scott

    Sex, Violence and Romantic Period Writing

    By C.M. Jackson-Houlston

    Employing gender as a unifying critical focus, Caroline Jackson-Houlston draws on the full range of Walter Scott’s novels to propose new links between Scott and Romantic-era authors such as Sophia Lee, Jane Porter, Jane Austen, Sydney Owenson, Elizabeth Hands, Thomas Love Peacock, and Robert Bage.…

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  • Women's Literary Collaboration, Queerness, and Late-Victorian Culture

    By Jill R. Ehnenn

    The first full-length study to focus exclusively on nineteenth-century British women while examining queer authorship and culture, Jill R. Ehnenn's book is a timely interrogation into the different histories and functions of women's literary partnerships. For Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) and 'Kit'…

    Paperback – 2017-04-16
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  • Victorian Animal Dreams

    Representations of Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture

    By Martin A. Danahay

    Edited by Deborah Denenholz Morse

    The Victorian period witnessed the beginning of a debate on the status of animals that continues today. This volume explicitly acknowledges the way twenty-first-century deliberations about animal rights and the fact of past and prospective animal extinction haunt the discussion of the Victorians'…

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  • Dickens, Family, Authorship

    Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Kinship and Creativity

    By Lynn Cain

    Drawing on a wide range of Dickens's writings, including all of his novels and a selection of his letters, journalism, and shorter fiction, Dickens, Family, Authorship provides a provocative account of the evolution of an author from whose psychological honesty and imaginative generosity emerged…

    Paperback – 2017-03-06
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  • Gender at Work in Victorian Culture

    Literature, Art and Masculinity

    By Martin A. Danahay

    Martin A. Danahay's lucidly argued and accessibly written volume offers a solid introduction to important issues surrounding the definition and division of labor in British society and culture. 'Work,' Danahay argues, was a term rife with ideological contradictions for Victorian males during a…

    Paperback – 2016-12-07
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  • Romantic Biography

    By Arthur Bradley

    Edited by Alan Rawes

    Romantic biography lives. Despite the so-called 'death of the author', popular interest in the lives of the major Romantic writers has reached a new peak. Romantic Biography brings together Romantic biographers and critics to consider some of the key questions surrounding this publishing…

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  • Dickens and Empire

    Discourses of Class, Race and Colonialism in the Works of Charles Dickens

    By Grace Moore

    Dickens and Empire offers a reevaluation of Charles Dickens's imaginative engagement with the British Empire throughout his career. Employing postcolonial theory alongside readings of Dickens's novels, journalism and personal correspondence, it explores his engagement with Britain's imperial…

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  • Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media

    By Louise Henson, Geoffrey Cantor, Gowan Dawson, Richard Noakes, Sally Shuttleworth, Jonathan R. Topham

    Written by literary scholars, historians of science, and cultural historians, the twenty-two original essays in this collection explore the intriguing and multifaceted interrelationships between science and culture through the periodical press in nineteenth-century Britain. Ranging across the…

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  • Byron and the Discourses of History

    By Carla Pomarè

    In her study of the relationship between Byron’s lifelong interest in historical matters and the development of history as a discipline, Carla Pomarè focuses on drama (the Venetian plays, The Deformed Transformed), verse narrative (The Siege of Corinth, Mazeppa) and dramatic monologue (The Prophecy…

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  • Kindred Brutes: Animals in Romantic-Period Writing

    By Christine Kenyon-Jones

    Exploring the significance of animals in Romantic-period writing, this new study shows how in this period they were seen as both newly different from humankind (subjects in their own right, rather than simply humanity's tools or adjuncts) and also as newly similar, with the ability to feel and…

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  • Powers of the Press

    Newspapers, Power and the Public in Nineteenth-Century England

    By Aled Jones

    The power of the popular press presents all modern societies with difficulties. It is, however, a problem with a history: the hold of the press over public opinion was debated with urgency throughout the 19th century. This book looks at the ways in which individuals, pressure groups, political…

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  • Shelley's Eye

    Travel Writing and Aesthetic Vision

    By Benjamin Colbert

    Percy Bysshe Shelley joined the deluge of sightseers that poured onto the Continent after Napoleon's defeat in 1814, and over the next eight years Shelley followed major travelling trends, visiting Switzerland in 1816 and Italy from 1818. Shelley's Eye is the first study to address Shelley's…

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  • The New Crusaders

    Images of the Crusades in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

    By Elizabeth Siberry

    This is the first comprehensive study of the use, abuse and development of the crusade image in popular and high culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Drawing upon a diverse range of sources, mainly from the British Isles, but with parallels from Western Europe and North America,…

    Paperback – 2016-11-28
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  • City of Health, Fields of Disease

    Revolutions in the Poetry, Medicine, and Philosophy of Romanticism

    By Martin Wallen

    The Romantic Era witnessed a series of conflicts concerning definitions of health and disease. In this book, Martin Wallen discusses those conflicts and the cultural values that drove them. The six chapters progress from the mainstream rejuvenation of the Socratic values by Wordsworth and Coleridge…

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  • Ballads, Songs and Snatches

    The Appropriation of Folk Song and Popular Culture in British 19th-Century Realist Prose

    By C.M. Jackson-Houlston

    As a book on allusion, this has interest for both the traditional literary or cultural historian and for the modern student of textuality and readership positions. It focuses on allusion to folksong, and, more tangentially, to popular culture, areas which have so far been slighted by literary…

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  • Problem Pictures

    Women and Men in Victorian Painting

    By Pamela Gerrish Nunn

    During the Victorian period there developed a new anxiety about male-female relations and roles in modern society, as described by a member of the Athenaeum in 1858, ’the distinction of man and woman, their separate as well as their joint rights, begins to occupy the attention of our whole…

    Paperback – 2016-11-25
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  • Anna Jameson

    Victorian, Feminist, Woman of Letters

    By Judith Johnston

    Anna Brownwell Jameson (1794-1869) was a central figure in the London world of letters and art in the early Victorian period, and an important feminist writer. Her friends included such figures as Harriet Martineau, Lady Byron, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This study considers…

    Paperback – 2016-11-17
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  • Masculinities in Victorian Painting

    By Joseph A. Kestner

    This fully illustrated study examines the construction of masculinity in culture based on an analysis of pictorial representations of the male in a wide range of contexts: social, historical, legal, literary, institutional, anthropological, educational, marital, imperial and aesthetic. Powerful…

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  • The Literature of Struggle

    An Anthology of Chartist Fiction

    Edited by Ian Haywood

    At its height, during the 1830s and 40s, Chartism inspired a prodigious literary output, based on its own newspapers and journals. While some Chartist political writings have been reprinted, the fiction of the movement has been largely neglected. Chartist stories represent a unique moment in…

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  • Romantic Feuds

    Transcending the 'Age of Personality'

    By Kim Wheatley

    Romantic writers such as Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge aspired to rise above the so-called 'age of personality,' a new culture of politicized print gossip and personal attacks. Nevertheless, Southey, Coleridge, and other Romantic-era figures such as Leigh Hunt, William Hazlitt, Sydney…

    Paperback – 2016-11-17
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  • Talking Animals in British Children's Fiction, 1786–1914

    By Tess Cosslett

    In her reappraisal of canonical works such as Black Beauty, Beautiful Joe, Wind in the Willows, and Peter Rabbit, Tess Cosslett traces how nineteenth-century debates about the human and animal intersected with, or left their mark on, the venerable genre of the animal story written for children.…

    Paperback – 2016-11-15
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  • Intellectual Politics and Cultural Conflict in the Romantic Period

    Scottish Whigs, English Radicals and the Making of the British Public Sphere

    By Alex Benchimol

    Intellectual Politics and Cultural Conflict in the Romantic Period maps the intellectual formation of English plebeian radicalism and Scottish philosophic Whiggism over the long eighteenth century and examines their associated strategies of critical engagement with the cultural, social and…

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  • Manliness and the Male Novelist in Victorian Literature

    By Andrew Dowling

    The purpose of this book is to address two principal questions: 'Was the concept of masculinity a topic of debate for the Victorians?' and 'Why is Victorian literature full of images of male deviance when Victorian masculinity is defined by discipline?' In his introduction, Dowling defines…

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  • Mistress of the House

    Women of Property in the Victorian Novel

    By Tim Dolin

    This exploration of gender and property ownership in eight important novels argues that property is a decisive undercurrent in narrative structures and modes, as well as an important gender signature in society and culture. Tim Dolin suggests that the formal development of nineteenth-century…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • Victorian Publishing

    The Economics of Book Production for a Mass Market 1836-1916

    By Alexis Weedon

    Drawing on research into the book-production records of twelve publishers-including George Bell & Son, Richard Bentley, William Blackwood, Chatto & Windus, Oliver & Boyd, Macmillan, and the book printers William Clowes and T&A Constable - taken at ten-year intervals from 1836 to 1916, this book…

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  • Thomas Hardy's Short Stories

    New Perspectives

    Edited by Juliette Berning Schaefer, Siobhan Craft Brownson

    Thomas Hardy penned nearly fifty short stories, but in spite of this impressive number, his contributions to the genre have been relatively understudied. Bringing together an international group of scholars, this is the first edited collection devoted solely to Hardy's works of short fiction. The…

    Hardback – 2016-11-09
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  • Language, Science and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle

    The Brutal Tongue

    By Christine Ferguson

    Christine Ferguson's timely study is the first comprehensive examination of the importance of language in forming a crucial nexus among popular fiction, biology, and philology at the Victorian fin-de-siècle. Focusing on a variety of literary and non-literary texts, the book maps out the dialogue…

    Paperback – 2016-10-19
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  • Landscape and Gender in the Novels of Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy

    The Body of Nature

    By Eithne Henson

    Examining a wide range of representations of physical, metaphorical, and dream landscapes in Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy, Eithne Henson explores the way in which gender attitudes are expressed, both in descriptions of landscape as the human body and in ideas of nature. Henson…

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  • Literary Bric-à-Brac and the Victorians

    From Commodities to Oddities

    By Jen Harrison

    Edited by Jonathon Shears

    What are we to make of the Victorians’ fascination with collecting? What effect did their encounters with the curious, exotic and downright odd have on Victorian writers and their works? The essays in this collection take up these questions by examining the phenomenon of bric-à-brac in Victorian…

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  • Charlotte Brontë from the Beginnings

    New Essays from the Juvenilia to the Major Works

    Edited by Judith E. Pike, Lucy Morrison

    Composed of serialized works, poems, short tales, and novellas, Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia merit serious scholarly attention as revelatory works in and of themselves as well as for what they tell us about the development of Brontë as a writer. This timely collection attends to both critical…

    Hardback – 2016-09-27
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  • Victorian Crime, Madness and Sensation

    By Andrew Maunder

    Edited by Grace Moore

    Beginning with Victoria's enthronement and an exploration of sensationalist accounts of attacks on the Queen, and ending with the notorious case of a fin-de-siècle killer, Victorian Crime, Madness and Sensation throws new light on nineteenth-century attitudes toward crime and 'deviance'. The essays…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
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  • Records of Girlhood

    Volume Two: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Childhoods

    By Valerie Sanders

    In this sequel to her 2000 anthology, Valerie Sanders again brings together an influential group of women whose autobiographical accounts of their childhoods show them making sense of the children they were and the women they have become. The fourteen women included juxtapose recollections of the…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
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  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature Then and Now

    Reading with Hindsight

    By Simon Dentith

    Envisioning today’s readers as poised between an impossible attempt to read texts as their original readers experienced them and an awareness of our own temporal moment, Simon Dentith complicates traditional prejudices against hindsight to approach issues of interpretation and historicity in…

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  • Victorian Women and the Economies of Travel, Translation and Culture, 1830–1870

    By Judith Johnston

    Both travel and translation involve a type of journey, one with literal and metaphorical dimensions. Judith Johnston brings together these two richly resonant modes of getting from here to there as she explores their impact on culture with respect to the work of Victorian women. Using the metaphor…

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  • Harriet Martineau and the Birth of Disciplines

    Nineteenth-century intellectual powerhouse

    Edited by Valerie Sanders, Gaby Weiner

    One of the foremost writers of her time, Harriet Martineau established her reputation by writing a hugely successful series of fictional tales on political economy whose wide readership included the young Queen Victoria. She went on to write fiction and nonfiction; books, articles and pamphlets;…

    Hardback – 2016-08-04
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  • Thackeray in Time

    History, Memory, and Modernity

    Edited by Richard Salmon, Alice Crossley

    An intense fascination with the experience of time has long been recognised as a distinctive feature of the writing of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863). This collection of essays, however, represents the first sustained critical examination of Thackeray's 'time consciousness' in all its…

    Hardback – 2016-05-25
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  • The Dog in the Dickensian Imagination

    By Beryl Gray

    Fascinated by them, unable to ignore them, and imaginatively stimulated by them, Charles Dickens was an acute and unsentimental reporter on the dogs he kept and encountered during a time when they were a burgeoning part of the nineteenth-century urban and domestic scene. As dogs inhabited Dickens’s…

    Hardback – 2016-03-18
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  • The Neglected Shelley

    By Alan M. Weinberg, Timothy Webb

    New editions and facsimiles of Percy Bysshe Shelley's works are changing the landscape of Shelley studies by making complete compositions and fragments that have received only limited critical attention readily available to scholars. Building on the work begun in Weinberg and Webb's 2009 volume,…

    Hardback – 2015-11-28
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  • Dickens, Reynolds, and Mayhew on Wellington Street

    The Print Culture of a Victorian Street

    By Mary L. Shannon

    A glance over the back pages of mid-nineteenth-century newspapers and periodicals published in London reveals that Wellington Street stands out among imprint addresses. Between 1843 and 1853, Household Words, Reynolds’s Weekly Newspaper, the Examiner, Punch, the Athenaeum, the Spectator, the…

    Hardback – 2015-04-28
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  • Serialization and the Novel in Mid-Victorian Magazines

    By Catherine Delafield

    Examining the Victorian serial as a text in its own right, Catherine Delafield re-reads five novels by Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, Dinah Craik and Wilkie Collins by situating them in the context of periodical publication. She traces the roles of the author and editor in the creation and…

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  • Reading and the Victorians

    By Juliet John

    Edited by Matthew Bradley

    What did reading mean to the Victorians? This question is the key point of departure for Reading and the Victorians, an examination of the era when reading underwent a swifter and more radical transformation than at any other moment in history. With book production handed over to the machines and…

    Hardback – 2015-03-05
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