Aestheticism and the Marriage Market in Victorian Popular Fiction: The Art of Female Beauty

1st Edition

Kirby-Jane Hallum

Routledge
Published April 1, 2015
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9781848934818 - CAT# Y211595
Series: Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace

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Summary

Based on close readings of five Victorian novels, Hallum presents an original study of the interaction between popular fiction, the marriage market and the aesthetic movement. She uses the texts to trace the development of aestheticism, examining the differences between the authors, including their approach, style and gender. Wider issues concerning Victorian womanhood, marriage and commodity culture are also explored. This book will be of interest to scholars of book history as well as literature and nineteenth-century society.

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