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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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Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines

Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Bennett Zon, Bernard Lightman
July 09, 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...

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

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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Barbara Barrow
June 18, 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...

Jane Austen, George Eliot and the Reflective Tradition

Jane Austen, George Eliot and the Reflective Tradition

1st Edition

Rose Pimentel
March 28, 2019

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...

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

Andrew King
January 28, 2019

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...

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...

The Politics of Gender in Anthony Trollope's Novels: New Readings for the Twenty-First Century

The Politics of Gender in Anthony Trollope's Novels: New Readings for the Twenty-First Century

1st Edition

Deborah Denenholz Morse, Margaret Markwick
January 03, 2019

Bringing together established critics and exciting new voices, The Politics of Gender in Anthony Trollope's Novels offers original readings of Trollope that recognize and repay his importance as source material for scholars working in diverse fields of literary and cultural studies. As the editors...

Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era

Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era

1st Edition

Andrew Radford, Mark Sandy
December 19, 2018

In tracing those deliberate and accidental Romantic echoes that reverberate through the Victorian age into the beginning of the twentieth century, this collection acknowledges that the Victorians decided for themselves how to define what is 'Romantic'. The essays explore the extent to which...

Wordsworth and Evolution in Victorian Literature: Entangled Influence

Wordsworth and Evolution in Victorian Literature: Entangled Influence

1st Edition

Trenton B. Olsen
November 30, 2018

The influences of William Wordsworth’s writing and evolutionary theory—the nineteenth century’s two defining visions of nature—conflicted in the Victorian period. For Victorians, Wordsworthian nature was a caring source of inspiration and moral guidance, signaling humanity's divine origins and...

Reinventing King Arthur: The Arthurian Legends in Victorian Culture

Reinventing King Arthur: The Arthurian Legends in Victorian Culture

1st Edition

Inga Bryden
September 18, 2018

In her systematic reassessment of the remaking of the Arthurian past in nineteenth-century British fiction and non-fiction, Inga Bryden examines the Victorian Arthurian revival as a cultural phenomenon, offering insights into the relationship between social, cultural, religious, and ethnographic...

Reading and the Victorians

Reading and the Victorians

1st Edition

Juliet John, Matthew Bradley
September 10, 2018

What did reading mean to the Victorians? This question is the key point of departure for Reading and the Victorians, an examination of the era when reading underwent a swifter and more radical transformation than at any other moment in history. With book production handed over to the machines and...

Re-Reading The Excursion: Narrative, Response and the Wordsworthian Dramatic Voice

Re-Reading The Excursion: Narrative, Response and the Wordsworthian Dramatic Voice

1st Edition

Sally Bushell
August 23, 2018

Re-Reading The Excursion: Narrative, Response and the Wordsworthian Dramatic Voice is a groundbreaking study, which transforms contemporary critical understanding of The Excursion and of the place of this long poem in the Wordsworthian canon. Sally Bushell argues that the poem, which has suffered...

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