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Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel


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This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Picturing: Description and Illusion in the Nineteenth Century Novel

Picturing: Description and Illusion in the Nineteenth Century Novel

1st Edition

Michael Irwin
December 31, 2017

First published in 1979. Most of the great nineteenth century novelists strove to render in words the people and places that they invented and most readers of fiction picture in their imagination these characters and scenes. This book investigates both types of ‘picturing’, exploring the principles...

The Idea of the Gentleman in the Victorian Novel

The Idea of the Gentleman in the Victorian Novel

1st Edition

Robin Gilmour
December 31, 2017

First published in 1981, this book represents the first comprehensive examination of Victorian society’s preoccupation with the ‘notion of the gentleman’ and how this was reflected in the literature of the time. Starting with Addison and Lord Chesterfield, the author explores the influence of the...

The Victorian Novelist: Social Problems and Change

The Victorian Novelist: Social Problems and Change

1st Edition

Kate Flint
December 12, 2017

First published in 1987. Many Victorian novels that considered social problems made extensive use of contemporary source material for their descriptions. This book aims to provide a greater acquaintance with this non-literary material — illustrating and exemplifying issues that the authors treated...

Walter Scott and the Historical Imagination

Walter Scott and the Historical Imagination

1st Edition

David Brown
December 12, 2017

First published in 1979. This study explores the main critical issues that arise out of a modern reading of Scott’s work, and treats the major novels in detail. It tackles the questions of Scott’s place in literary history and his problems in pioneering the historical novel. As well as examining...

Dickens and Popular Entertainment

Dickens and Popular Entertainment

1st Edition

Paul Schlicke
December 12, 2017

First published in 1985. Dickens was a vigorous champion of the right of all men and women to carefree amusements and dedicated himself to the creation of imaginative pleasure. This book represents the first extended study of this vital aspect of Dickens’ life and work, exploring how he channelled...

The Paradox of Gissing

The Paradox of Gissing

1st Edition

David Grylls
December 12, 2017

First published 1986. In this book the author refutes the notion that Gissing’s weaknesses as a novelist are associated with defects in his personality and argues that the power of his writing stemmed from his divided character. Gissing’s permanently divided emotions on poverty, reformism, women...

The Working-Classes in Victorian Fiction

The Working-Classes in Victorian Fiction

1st Edition

Peter Keating
December 12, 2017

First published in 1971. The book examines the presentation of the urban and industrial working classes in Victorian fiction. It considers the different types of working men and women who appear in fiction, the environments they are shown to inhabit, and the use of phonetics to indicate the sound...

Evolution, Sacrifice, and Narrative: Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner

Evolution, Sacrifice, and Narrative: Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner

1st Edition

Carol Colatrella
December 12, 2017

First published in 1990. Balzac, Zola and Faulkner all drew upon the principles of evolutionary theory to represent man’s place in nature and his struggle for survival in their major series La Comèdie humaine, Rougon-Macquart and the Yoknapatawpha fiction. This book focuses on the ‘first’ novels in...

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell

1st Edition

Angus Easson
December 12, 2017

First published in 1979, this book looks at every aspect of the life and work of Elizabeth Gaskell, including her lesser known novels and writings — especially those concerning life in the industrial north of Victorian England. It shows how her work springs from a culture and society which pervades...

Reflecting on Nana

Reflecting on Nana

1st Edition

Bernice Chitnis
December 12, 2017

First published in 1991, this book radically challenged the view of Nana as the story of an old fashioned femme fatale and reinterprets her as a feminist heroine who manages to overturn patriarchy. The author shows how Nana confronts the traditional social order and offers an alternative version....

Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope

1st Edition

Arthur Pollard
December 12, 2017

Anthony Trollope is perhaps best known for the group of Barsetshire novels, a rich and enduring picture of society in a small cathedral town. He also wrote a number of Irish novels and a series about political society known as the ‘Palliser novels’. First published in 1978, this introduction to...

George Eliot and Schiller: Intertextuality and cross-cultural discourse

George Eliot and Schiller: Intertextuality and cross-cultural discourse

1st Edition

Deborah Guth
December 12, 2017

Though Friedrich Schiller enjoyed prominent literary standing and great popularity in nineteenth century literary England, his influence has been largely neglected in recent scholarship on the period. First published in 2003, this book explores the substantial evidence of the importance of the...

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