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The Victorian Novel : Wiley Blackwell Guides to Literature - Louis James

The Victorian Novel

Wiley Blackwell Guides to Literature

Paperback Published: 1st January 2006
ISBN: 9780631226284
Number Of Pages: 272

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This inspiring survey challenges conventional ways of viewing the Victorian novel. <ul> <li>Provides time maps and overviews of historical and social contexts. <li>Considers the relationship between the Victorian novel and historical, religious and bibliographic writing. <li>Features short biographies of over forty Victorian authors, including Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Robert Louis Stevenson. <li>Offers close readings of over 30 key texts, among them Charlotte Bront&#235;&#8217;s <i>Jane Eyre</i> (1847) and Bram Stoker&#8217;s <i>Dracula</i> (1897), as well as key presences, such as John Bunyan&#8217;s <i>Pilgrim&#8217;s Progress</i> (Pt 1, 1676, Pt 2, 1684). <li>Also covers topics such as colonialism, scientific speculation, the psychic and the supernatural, and working class reading. </ul>

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Context 1: Time Maps.

Prelude: 1830?1846.

Revolutions: 1847?1849.

Equipoise: 1850?1870.

Turning the Tide: 1871?1880.

The Last Decades: 1881?1901.

Context 2: Changing Perspectives.

'Things As They Are'.



Religion and Morals.



Context 3: Foundations.

The Truth of the Heart.

Affairs of the Heart(h).

Ways of Seeing.

The Modality of Melodrama.

The White Rabbit?s Watch.

Key Authors.

William Harrison Ainsworth (1805?82).

Walter Besant (1836?1910).

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (later Maxwell) (1835?1915).

Charlotte Brontë, 'Currer Bell' (1816?55), Emily [Jane] Brontë, ?Ellis Bell? (1818?48), Anne Brontë, 'Acton Bell' (1820?49).

Rhoda Broughton (1840?1920).

[William] Wilkie Collins (1824?89).

Marie [Isabel Marie] Corelli [nee Mills, later Mackay] (1855?1924).

Charles [John Huffam] Dickens (1812?70).

Benjamin Disraeli (1804?81).

[Sir] Arthur Conan Doyle (1859?1930).

George Eliot (nee Mary Anne/Marian Evans) (1819?80).

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (nee Stevenson) 1810?65.

George [Robert] Gissing (1857?1903).

[Sir] H[enry] Rider Haggard (1856?1925).

Thomas Hardy (1840?1928).

G[eorge] P[ayne] R[aynesford] James (1801?60).

Henry James (1843?1916).

Douglas [William] Jerrold (1803?57).

Geraldine E[ndsor] Jewsbury (1812?80).

Charles Kingsley (1819?75).

[Joseph] Rudyard Kipling (1830?76).

[Joseph Thomas] Sheridan Le Fanu (1814?73).

Edward Bulwer-Lytton [until 1843, Edward George Earle Lytton] (1803?73).

George Macdonald (1824?1905).

Frederick Marryat (1792?1848).

Harriet Martineau (1802?76).

George Meredith (1828?1909).

George [Augustus] Moore (1852?1933).

Margaret Oliphant [nee Wilson] (1828?97).

Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee, 1839?1908).

Charles Reade (1814?84).

G[eorge] W[illiam] M[acarthur] Reynolds (1814?79).

James Malcolm Rymer (1803??84).

Robert Louis [Lewis Balfour] Stevenson (1850?94).

R[obert] S[mith] Surtees (1805?64).

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811?63).

Anthony Trollope (1815?82).

Mrs T[homas] Humphry Ward (nee Mary Augusta Arnold) (1851?1920).

H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells (1866?1946).

[William Hale White] Mark Rutherford (1831?1913).

Ellen Wood [Mrs Henry Wood, nee Ellen Price] (1814?87).

Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823?1901).

Key Texts.

Major Presences.

John Bunyan, The Pilgrim?s Progress from this World to the Next (Part 1, 1678; Part II, 1684).

Sir Walter Scott, Waverley; or, ?Tis Sixty years Since (1814).

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus (1818; revised 1831).

Pierce Egan, Sr, Life in London (1820?1).

Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus (1833?4).

Main Texts.

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (1837?8).

G. W. M. Reynolds, The Mysteries of London (1844?6).

Geraldine Jewsbury, Zoe (1845).

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847).

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847).

W. M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847?8).

W. M. Thackeray, Pendennis (1848?50).

Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1852?3).

Charlotte Brontë, Villette (1853).

Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (1854?5).

Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers (1857).

George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859).

Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1860) 0.

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1860?1).

Mrs Henry [Ellen] Wood, East Lynne (1861).

Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley?s Secret (1861?2).

Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies (1863).

Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Through the Looking Glass (1871).

Ouida [Marie Louise de la Ramee], Under Two Flags (1867).

R[ichard] D[oddridge] Blackmore, Lorna Doone (1869).

George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871?2).

Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now (1874?5).

George Meredith, The Egoist (1879).

Henry James, Portrait of a Lady (1881).

[Olive Schreiner] Ralph Iron, The Story of an African Farm (1883).

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886).

Sir Henry Rider Haggard, She (1887).

George Gissing, New Grub Street (1891).

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D?Urbervilles (1891).

George Moore, Esther Waters (1894).

Marie Corelli, The Sorrows of Satan (1895).

H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (1895).

Arthur Morrison, A Child of the Jago (1896).

Bram [Abraham] Stoker, Dracula (1897).

Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh (1902).


Children?s Novels.

Colonial Novels.

Historical Novels.

Illustrated Novels.

Irish Novels.

?New Woman? Novels.

Publishing Formats.

Regional Novels.

Religious Novels.

Science, Utopias and Dystopias.

Sensation Novels.

Social Problem Novels.

The Supernatural.

Working-class Novels.

Further Reading.


ISBN: 9780631226284
ISBN-10: 0631226281
Series: Wiley Blackwell Guides to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.29  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1