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The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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Ouida (1839-1908) in Transnational Popular Culture: A Literary Life at the Margins

Ouida (1839-1908) in Transnational Popular Culture: A Literary Life at the Margins

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Andrew King
June 18, 2020

Ouida was the one of the best known and best-selling authors of the nineteenth century. Informed by unknown or neglected sources in English and Italian, Andrew King’s biography interlaces the story of Ouida’s life with new readings of her works and analyses of Victorian popular culture, the...

Jane Austen, George Eliot and the Reflective Tradition

Jane Austen, George Eliot and the Reflective Tradition

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Rose Pimentel
May 28, 2020

In her exploration of the moral tradition shared between Jane Austen and George Eliot, Rose Pimentel argues that a common ethical dynamic between the two authors, and what would later be known as the realist novel, emerged from an emphasis on reflection as introspection that was widespread in the...

Reading Transatlantic Girlhood in the Long Nineteenth Century

Reading Transatlantic Girlhood in the Long Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robin L. Cadwallader, LuElla D’Amico
May 15, 2020

This collection is the first of its kind to interrogate both literal and metaphorical transatlantic exchanges of culture and ideas in nineteenth-century girls’ fiction. As such, it initiates conversations about how the motif of travel in literature taught nineteenth-century girl audiences to...

Women’s Letters as Life Writing 1840–1885

Women’s Letters as Life Writing 1840–1885

1st Edition

Catherine Delafield
December 16, 2019

Examining letter collections published in the second half of the nineteenth century, Catherine Delafield rereads the life-writing of Frances Burney, Charlotte Brontë, Mary Delany, Catherine Winkworth, Jane Austen and George Eliot, situating these women in their epistolary culture and in relation to...

Literary Experiments in Magazine Publishing: Beyond Serialization

Literary Experiments in Magazine Publishing: Beyond Serialization

1st Edition

Thomas Lloyd Vranken
September 10, 2019

As the nineteenth century came to an end, a number of voices within the British and American magazine industries pushed back against serialisation as the dominant publication mode, experimenting instead with less conventional magazine formats. This book explores these formats, focusing (in...

Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines

Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines

1st Edition

Bernard Lightman, Bennett Zon
June 24, 2019

Current studies in disciplinarity range widely across philosophical and literary contexts, producing heated debate and entrenched divergences. Yet, despite their manifest significance for us today seldom have those studies engaged with the Victorian origins of modern disciplinarity.  Victorian...

The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes

The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes

1st Edition

Ute Berns, Michael Bradshaw
June 17, 2019

Bringing together eminent scholars and emerging critics who offer a range of perspectives and critical methods, this collection sets a new standard in Beddoes criticism. In line with the goals of Ashgate's Research Companion series, the editors and contributors provide an overview of Beddoes's...

Thomas Hardy’s ‘Facts’ Notebook: A Critical Edition

Thomas Hardy’s ‘Facts’ Notebook: A Critical Edition

1st Edition

William Greenslade
June 12, 2019

Within weeks of Thomas Hardy’s return to his native Dorchester in June 1883, he began to compile his ’Facts’ notebook, which he kept up throughout the years when he was writing some of his major work - The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure....

Joseph Severn: Letters and Memoirs

Joseph Severn: Letters and Memoirs

1st Edition

Grant F. Scott
June 10, 2019

This is the first modern scholarly edition of the letters and memoirs of Joseph Severn, English painter and deathbed companion of John Keats. It includes letters from a remarkable collection of never-before-published correspondence held by descendants of the Severn family. Scott's unprecedented...

Science, Language, and Reform in Victorian Poetry: Political Dialects

Science, Language, and Reform in Victorian Poetry: Political Dialects

1st Edition

Barbara Barrow
June 04, 2019

Barrow’s timely book is the first to examine the link between Victorian poetry, the study of language, and political reform. Focusing on a range of literary, scientific, and political texts, Barrow demonstrates that nineteenth-century debates about language played a key role in shaping emergent...

Edward Lloyd and His World: Popular Fiction, Politics and the Press in Victorian Britain

Edward Lloyd and His World: Popular Fiction, Politics and the Press in Victorian Britain

1st Edition

Sarah Louise Lill, Rohan McWilliam
May 08, 2019

The publisher Edward Lloyd (1815-1890) helped shape Victorian popular culture in ways that have left a legacy that lasts right up to today. He was a major pioneer of both popular fiction and journalism but has never received extended scholarly investigation until now. Lloyd shaped the modern...

Charlotte Brontë from the Beginnings: New Essays from the Juvenilia to the Major Works

Charlotte Brontë from the Beginnings: New Essays from the Juvenilia to the Major Works

1st Edition

Judith E. Pike, Lucy Morrison
January 17, 2019

Composed of serialized works, poems, short tales, and novellas, Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia merit serious scholarly attention as revelatory works in and of themselves as well as for what they tell us about the development of Brontë as a writer. This timely collection attends to both critical...

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