Reading the Nineteenth-century Novel: Austen to Eliot

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Wiley, Jan 3, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 232 pages
This text offers students and teachers a close analysis of nineteenth-century novels by ten major authors: Austen, Eliot, Scott, Thackeray, Gaskell, Dickens, Trollope, Braddon, and the Brontė sisters.

  • Examines a wide range of nineteenth-century novels - Persuasion, Middlemarch, The Heart of Midlothian, Vanity Fair, Mary Barton, Bleak House, The Warden, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre
  • Explores significant theoretical approaches such as Foucauldian, Postcolonial, Bakhtinian, and feminist criticism
  • Employs an “appreciative” model of criticism, sparking a renewed interest in engaging with Victorian aesthetics on its own terms
  • Offers an overview of the social, economic, and political change that influenced the fiction of the time

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About the author (2008)

Alison Case has taught at Williams College since 1991. She authored Plotting Women: Gender and Narration in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel (1999).

Harry E. Shaw has taught at Cornell University since 1978, where he has served as Director of the John S. Knight Writing Program, Chair of the Department of English, and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Shaw’s works include Narrating Reality: Austen, Scott, Eliot (1999, paperback edition 2004) and The Forms of Historical Fiction: Sir Walter Scott and His Successors (1983). He edited Critical Essays on Sir Walter Scott: The Waverley Novels (1996).

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