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Geography and the Literary Imagination in Victorian Fictions of Empire: The Poetics of Imperial Space

Geography and the Literary Imagination in Victorian Fictions of Empire: The Poetics of Imperial Space

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jean Fernandez
February 13, 2020

In this pioneering study, Dr. Fernandez explores how the rise of institutional geography in Victorian England impacted imperial fiction’s emergence as a genre characterized by a preoccupation with space and place. This volume argues that the alliance between institutional geography and the British...

Jane Austen and Altruism

Jane Austen and Altruism

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Magdalen Wing-chi Ki
February 01, 2020

Jane Austen and Altruism identifies a compelling theme, namely, the view that Jane Austen propounds a rigorous, boundary-sensitive model of altruism that counters the human propensity to selfishness and promotes the culture of cooperation. In her days, altruism was commonly known as "benevolence",...

Genres and Provenance in the Comedy of W.S. Gilbert: Pipes and Tabors

Genres and Provenance in the Comedy of W.S. Gilbert: Pipes and Tabors

1st Edition

Richard Moore
November 01, 2019

In The Progress of Fun W.S. Gilbert was considered, not as a ‘classic Victorian’, but as part of an on-going comedic continuum stretching from Aristophanes to Joe Orton and beyond. Pipes and Tabors continues the story, covering the comedic experience differently by reference to genres. Here –...

Dickensian Affects: Charles Dickens and Feelings of Precarity

Dickensian Affects: Charles Dickens and Feelings of Precarity

1st Edition

Joshua Gooch
October 08, 2019

In Dickensian Affects: Charles Dickens and Feelings of Precarity, Joshua Gooch argues that Dickens’s novels offer models of feeling that illuminate the dissensions that accompany life’s precariousness under capitalism. By examining the role of violence, anxiety, surprise, and suspense in Dickens’s...

Decadent Aesthetics and the Acrobat in French Fin de siècle

Decadent Aesthetics and the Acrobat in French Fin de siècle

1st Edition

Jennifer Forrest
September 05, 2019

In his discussion of clowns in nineteenth-century French painting from Jean-Léon Gérôme’s 1857 La Sortie du bal masqué to Georges Rouault, art historian Francis Haskell wondered why they are so sad. The myth of the sad clown as an allegory for the unappreciated artist found echoes in the work of...

Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination

Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination

1st Edition

Chung-jen Chen
September 04, 2019

Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination examines the literary and cultural production of contagion in the Victorian era and the way that production participated in a moral economy of surveillance and control. In this book, I attempt to make sense of how...

Nineteenth-Century Southern Women Writers: Grace King and Modernism

Nineteenth-Century Southern Women Writers: Grace King and Modernism

1st Edition

Melissa Walker Heidari, Brigitte Zaugg
August 19, 2019

The essays in this book explore the role of Grace King’s fiction in the movement of American literature from local color and realism to modernism and show that her work exposes a postbellum New Orleans that is fragmented socially, politically, and linguistically. In her introduction, Melissa Walker...

The Nineteenth-Century French Short Story: Masterpieces in Miniature

The Nineteenth-Century French Short Story: Masterpieces in Miniature

1st Edition

Allan H. Pasco
July 10, 2019

The 19th-Century French Short Story, by eminent scholar, Allan H. Pasco, seeks to offer a more comprehensive view of the definition, capabilities, and aims of short stories. The book examines general instances of the genre specifically in 19th-century France by recognizing their cultural context,...

Incorporation, Authorship, and Anglo-American Literature (1815–1918)

Incorporation, Authorship, and Anglo-American Literature (1815–1918)

1st Edition

Jasper Schelstraete
July 02, 2019

Incorporation, Authorship, and Anglo-American Literature (1815–1918) is concerned with the new ways in which nineteenth-century authors came to imagine nationhood in response to the emergent global market. It investigates how authors negotiated a largely unregulated global economic space, both...

W.S. Gilbert and the Context of Comedy: The Progress of Fun

W.S. Gilbert and the Context of Comedy: The Progress of Fun

1st Edition

Richard Moore
June 07, 2019

To what extent is a great comic writer the product of his time? How far is he (or she) influenced by factors of personal psychology upbringing and environment? To what is the writing actually part of a long continuum in which there is continuity within change and change within continuity? The...

Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century

Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Verena Laschinger, Sirpa Salenius
April 08, 2019

Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Verena Laschinger and Sirpa Salenius, is a collection of essays that offer a fresh perspective and original analyses of texts by American women writers of the long nineteenth century. The essays, which are written both by...

Arthur Morrison and the East End: The Legacy of Slum Fictions

Arthur Morrison and the East End: The Legacy of Slum Fictions

1st Edition

Eliza Cubitt
February 21, 2019

This, the first critical biography of Arthur Morrison (1863-1945), presents his East End writing as the counter-myth to the cultural production of the East End in late-Victorian realism. Morrison’s works, particularly Tales of Mean Streets (1894) and A Child of the Jago (1896), are often discussed...

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