The Nineteenth-century Novel: A Critical Reader

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Stephen Regan
Psychology Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 573 pages
Most undergraduate literature courses begin with a compulsory survey course on the novel. The Nineteenth-Century Novel: A Critical Reader fills a real gap in the market as no other book provides such a comprehensive selection of contemporary and modern essays and reviews on the most important novels of the period.
By bringing together a range of material written across two centuries, it offers an insight into the changing reception of realist fiction and a discussion of how complex debates about the meaning and function of realism informed and shaped the kind of fiction that was written in the nineteenth century. The novels discussed are: Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, Dombey and Son, Middlemarch, Far From the Madding Crowd, Germinal, Madame Bovary, The Woman in White, The Portrait of a Lady, The Awakening, Dracula, Heart of Darkness.
 

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Contents

Clara Reeve The Progress of Romance
13
Walter Scott On Romance
22
Recent German Fiction
36
Henry Mansel Sensation Novels
44
E S Dallas The Gay Science
54
Walter Besant The Art of Fiction
61
Henry James The Art of Fiction
68
Henry James Novels by Eliot Hardy and Flaubert
79
Thomas Hardy The Science of Fiction
100
Joseph Conrad Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus
117
Northanger Abbey
178
Judith Bryant Wittenberg Angles of Vision and Questions
344
Phyllis A Roth Suddenly Sexual Women in Bram Stokers
465
Notes
518
Index
557
Copyright

Robert Louis Stevenson A Humble Remonstrance
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Stephen Regan is Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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