|aEdinburgh :|bEdinburgh University Press,|cc2011.
|axviii, 212 p. ;|c23 cm.
|aEdinburgh critical guides to literature.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 197-205) and index.
|aIntroduction to Victorian literature: perspectives, relationships, contexts -- Generic traffic in strangely modern places: locating the Victorians (again) -- Observing 'public culture' in mid-Victorian Britain: an ant colony, ivy and two poets named 'Alfred' -- 'Civilisation and its discontents'" productivity, power and governance in Dickens's Hard times -- Concluding Summary -- Chapter 1: Novel sensations in early and mid-Victorian fiction: from "Boz' to Middlemarch -- Dickens the novelist, Dickens the journalist: modes of publication, sketches, and the making of The old curiosity shop -- Moving sensations: performing The old curiosity shop -- The novel at mid-century: forming a Victorian canon -- Fearful sensations: The woman in white -- Variable sensations of the real: Middlemarch -- Concluding summary -- Chapter 2: Theatrical exchanges: gendered subjectivity and identity trials in the dramatic imagination -- Locating, regulating and expanding the effects of 'theatricality' in Victorian culture -- melodrama and public history: the sexualised conflicts of empire in Boucicault's Jessie brown -- Masculinity, melodrama and mind: The frozen deep -- Earnest laughter, queer laughter: fictive, multiple identities in farcical dramas by Dickens and Wilde -- Concluding summary -- Chapter 3: Poetry: dramatic monologues and critical dialogues -- Voicing sensation in Tennyson and Browning: the dramatic monologue and cultural debate -- Controversies of faith: doubt, evolution and love in a modern age -- Making women's voices: fairy tales, Christian tales, old wives' tales -- Concluding summary -- chapter 4: Victorians in critical time: fin de diecle and sage-culture -- Victorians at the end of time: Thomas Hardy, new women and Gothic horrors at the fin de siecle -- Feminist critique and new woman fiction -- Late Victorian Gothic sensations -- Victorian sages in critical time: Carlyle and Arnold -- Concluding summary -- Conclusion: neo-Victorianism, postmodernism and underground cultures.
|aEnglish literature|y19th century|xHistory and criticism.
內容簡介top Victorian Literature 簡介 A comprehensive introduction to the diverse English literature of the Victorian period this book examines the way in which social, intellectual and literary changes interacted.