ISBN : 9780199533145
Much has been written about the Victorian novel, and for good reason. The cultural power it exerted (and, to some extent, still exerts) is beyond question. The Oxford Handbook of the Victorian Novel contributes substantially to this thriving scholarly field by offering new approaches to familiar topics (the novel and science, the Victorian Bildungroman) as well as essays on topics often overlooked (the novel and classics, the novel and the OED, the novel, and allusion). Manifesting the increasing interdisciplinarity of Victorian studies, its essays situate the novel within a complex network of relations (among, for instance, readers, editors, reviewers, and the novelists themselves; or among different cultural pressures - the religious, the commercial, the legal). The handbook's essays also build on recent bibliographic work of remarkable scope and detail, responding to the growing attention to print culture. With a detailed introduction and 36 newly commissioned chapters by leading and emerging scholars - beginning with Peter Garside's examination of the early nineteenth-century novel and ending with two essays proposing the 'last Victorian novel' - the handbook attends to the major themes in Victorian scholarship while at the same time creating new possibilities for further research. Balancing breadth and depth, the clearly-written, nonjargon -laden essays provide readers with overviews as well as original scholarship, an approach which will serve advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and established scholars. As the Victorians get further away from us, our versions of their culture and its novel inevitably change; this Handbook offers fresh explorations of the novel that teach us about this genre, its culture, and, by extension, our own.
The Early Nineteenth-Century English Novel, 1820-1836
New Histories of English Literature and the Rise of the Novel, 1835-1859
Genre, Criticism and the Early Victorian Novel
PUBLISHING, READING, REVIEWING, QUOTING, CENSORING.
Publishing the Victorian Novel
The Victorian Novel and Its Readers
The Victorian Novel and the Reviews
The Victorian Novel and the OED
The Novel and Censorship in Late-Victorian England
THE VICTORIAN NOVEL ELSEWHERE.
Victorian Novels in France
Victorian Literature and Russian Culture: Translation, Reception, Influence, Affinity
The Victorian Novel and America
Colonial India and Victorian Storytelling
TECHNOLOGIES: COMMUNICATION, TRAVEL, VISUAL
The Victorian Novel and Communication Networks
Technologies of Travel and the Victorian Novel
Victorian Photography and the Novel
Novels of the 1860s
COMMERCE, WORK, PROFESSIONS.
Industrialism and the Victorian Novel
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Money: Max Weber, Silas Marner, and the Victorian Novel
The Novel and the Professions
Gentleman's Latin, Lady's Greek
THE NOVEL AND OTHER DISCIPLINES.
The Victorian Novel and Science
The Victorian Novel and Medicine
Naturalizing the Mind in the Victorian Novel: Consciousness in Wilkie Collins's Poor Miss Finch and Thomas Hardy's Woodlanders Two Case Studies
The Victorian Novel and the Law
The Novel and Religion: Catholicism and Victorian Women's Novels
The Victorian Novel and Horticulture
The Victorian Novel and Theater
POETRY AND CRITICISM.
Verse Versus the Novel
Poetic Allusion and the Novel
The Novelist as Critic
DISTINGUISHING THE VICTORIAN NOVEL.
The Moral Scope of the English Bildungsroman
Three Matters of Style
The Novel, its Critics, and the University: A New Beginning?
The Victorian Novel and the New Woman
THE LAST VICTORIAN NOVEL
Slapstick Noir: The Secret Agent Works the Victorian Novel
The Quest of the Silver Fleece, by W. E. B. Du Bois