A Companion to the Victorian Novel

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Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 528 pages
The Companion to the Victorian Novel provides contextual and critical information about the entire range of British fiction published between 1837 and 1901.

  • Provides contextual and critical information about the entire range of British fiction published during the Victorian period.

  • Explains issues such as Victorian religions, class structure, and Darwinism to those who are unfamiliar with them.

  • Comprises original, accessible chapters written by renowned and emerging scholars in the field of Victorian studies.

  • Ideal for students and researchers seeking up-to-the-minute coverage of contexts and trends, or as a starting point for a survey course.

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PART I Historical Contexts and Cultural Issues
PART II Forms of the Victorian Novel
PART III Victorian and Modern Theories of the Novel and the Reception of Novels and Novelists Then and Now

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About the author (2008)

Patrick Brantlinger is Rudy Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (1998), Fictions of State: Culture and Credit in Britain 1694–1994 (1996), Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism 1830–1914 (1990), and Crusoe’s Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America (1990).

William B. Thesing is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He is the author of The London Muse: Victorian Poetic Responses to the City (1982) and the editor of five volumes in Gale’s Dictionary of Literary Biography: Victorian Prose Writers before 1867 (1986), Victorian Prose Writers after 1867 (1987), Victorian Women Poets (1998), British Short-Fiction Writers, 1880–1914: The Realist Tradition (1994), and Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets (2001). He recently edited Caverns of Night: Coal Mines in Art, Literature, and Film (2000).

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