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Victorian Criticism of the Novel : Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback) - Edwin M. Eigner

Victorian Criticism of the Novel

Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 6th January 1986
ISBN: 9780521275200
Number Of Pages: 268

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By the end of the nineteenth century the novel unquestionably had become the most popular and influential of English literary forms. Yet it has not always been clear how the Victorians themselves regarded the nature of prose fiction. This volume is a collection of twelve 'landmark' essays which chart the development of English theories of fiction during the great age of the novel. Spanning the whole of the Victorian period, from Bulwer Lytton's 'On Art in Fiction' (1838) to Conrad's preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897), the volume also includes pieces by George Eliot, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, and a number of the more important critics and reviewers of the time. The editors' introduction surveys the main issues, such as the debate between realism and romance, addressed by novel criticism throughout the period. Each of the selections that follow is set in its historical context by a prefatory essay and is fully annotated for the student. There is a helpful bibliography of further reading.

Edward Bulwer Lytton (1803-1873) From 'On Art in Fiction' (1838)
George Moir (1800-1870) From 'Modern Romance and Novel (1842)
Archibald Alison (1792-1867) From 'The Historical Romance (1845)
Anonymous From 'Recent Works of fiction' (1853)
James Fitzjames Stephen (1829-1894) From The Relation of Novels to Life, 1855
William Caldwell Roscoe (1823-1859) From 'W. M. Thackeray, Artist and Moralist (1856)
David Masson (1822-1907) From 'British Novelists Since Scott' (1859)
George Eliot (Marian Evans) (1819-1880) 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists' (1856)
George Henry Lewes (1817-1878) Criticism in Relation to Novels (1865)
Henry James (1843-1916) 'The Art of Fiction' (1884)
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) 'A Humble Remonstrance (1884)
Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) (1856-1935) From 'A Dialogue on Novels' (1885)
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) 'Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus' (1897)
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ISBN: 9780521275200
ISBN-10: 0521275202
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 6th January 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Type: Annotated