The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/25/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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In the Victorian period, the British novel reached a wide readership and played a major role in the shaping of national and individual identity. As we come to understand the ways the novel contributed to public opinion on religion, gender, sexuality and race, we continue to be entertained and enlightened by the works of Dickens, George Eliot, Thackeray, Trollope and many others. This second edition of the Companion to the Victorian Novel and its contexts has been updated fully, taking account of new research and critical methodologies. There are four new chapters and the others have been thoroughly updated, as has the guide to further reading. Designed to appeal to students, teachers and readers, these essays reflect the latest approaches to reading and understanding Victorian fiction.

Table of Contents

The Victorian novel and its readers
The business of Victorian publishing
A history of criticism of the Victorian novel
Victorian realism
Intellectual debate in the Victorian novel: religion and science
Race and the Victorian novel
Social class and the Victorian novel
When gender meets sexuality in the Victorian novel
Victorian feelings
Sensation and the fantastic in the Victorian novel
The transatlantic novel in the nineteenth century
Guide to further reading
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