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The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1830–1914


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Joanne Shattock, Josephine Guy, Mary Hammond, Alison Booth, Susan Hamilton, Hilary Fraser, Sally Ledger, Katherine Newey, Gowan Dawson, Jenny Bourne Taylor, Andrew Sanders, John Plunkett, Patrick Brantlinger, Bridget Bennett, Alison Chapman
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  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521882880

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  • The nineteenth century witnessed unprecedented expansion in the reading public and an explosive growth in the number of books and newspapers produced to meet its demands. These specially commissioned essays examine not only the full range and variety of texts that entertained and informed the Victorians, but also the boundaries of Victorian literature: the links and overlap with Romanticism in the 1830s, and the roots of modernism in the years leading up to the First World War. The Companion demonstrates how science, medicine and theology influenced creative writing and emphasizes the importance of the visual in painting, book illustration and in technological innovations from the kaleidoscope to the cinema. Essays also chart the complex and fruitful interchanges with writers in America, Europe and the Empire, highlighting the geographical expansion of literature in English. This Companion brings together the most important aspects of this prolific and popular period of English literature.

    • An introduction to the key authors and genres of the nineteenth century
    • Extends British literature to consider its interrelations with American and European literature as well as writing in other parts of the British Empire
    • Includes a chronology and guide to further reading
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    'In addition to overviews of subjects ranging from authorship to life-writing, scholars will find invitations to wander down new paths. The collection is particularly strong on periodical literature and, above all, demonstrates the current vitality of book history.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… provides the student of Victorian literature and culture, or the curious and interested, with a well-wrought introduction … extremely useful for an introductory class or a student or scholar looking for a quick history of the period.' Annotated Bibliography of English Studies

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    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521882880
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Joanne Shattock
    Part I. Modes of Writing and their Contexts:
    1. Authors and authorship Josephine Guy
    2. Readers and readerships Mary Hammond
    3. Life writing Alison Booth
    4. The culture of criticism Joanne Shattock
    5. Women's voices and public debate Susan Hamilton
    6. Writing the past Hilary Fraser
    7. Radical writing Sally Ledger
    8. Popular culture Katherine Newey
    Part II. Intersections and Incursions:
    9. Science and its popularization Gowan Dawson
    10. Body and mind Jenny Bourne Taylor
    11. Writing and religion Andrew Sanders
    12. Visual culture John Plunkett
    Part III. The Centre and the Periphery:
    13. Empire and nationalism Patrick Brantlinger
    14. Transatlantic relations Bridget Bennett
    15. European exchanges Alison Chapman
    Guide to further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Victorian Prose and Poetry
  • Editor

    Joanne Shattock, University of Leicester
    Joanne Shattock is Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Leicester.


    Joanne Shattock, Josephine Guy, Mary Hammond, Alison Booth, Susan Hamilton, Hilary Fraser, Sally Ledger, Katherine Newey, Gowan Dawson, Jenny Bourne Taylor, Andrew Sanders, John Plunkett, Patrick Brantlinger, Bridget Bennett, Alison Chapman

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