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Nineteenth-Century Literature in Transition: The 1880s

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Penny Fielding, Andrew Taylor, Clare Pettitt, Linda K. Hughes, Angela Dunstan, Cannon Schmitt, Nathan K. Hensley, Barbara Leckie, Andrew Taylor, Sara Lodge, John Stokes, William Greenslade
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  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107181908

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  • What does it mean to focus on the decade as a unit of literary history? Emerging from the shadows of iconic Victorian authors such as Eliot and Tennyson, the 1880s is a decade that has been too readily overlooked in the rush to embrace end-of-century decadence and aestheticism. The 1880s witnessed new developments in transatlantic networks, experiments in lyric poetry, the decline of the three-volume novel, and the revaluation of authors, journalists and the reading public. The contributors to this collection explore the case for the 1880s as both a discrete point of literary production, with its own pressures and provocations, and as part of literature's sense of its expanded temporal and geographical reach. The essays address a wide variety of authors, topics and genres, offering incisive readings of the diverse forces at work in the shaping of the literary 1880s.

    • Provides the first publication in a new series from Cambridge that will focus on the literary developments of particular decades in the nineteenth century
    • Explores the diverse forces that shaped the literature of 1880s
    • Leading scholars address a variety of authors, topics and genres in their investigations into the cultural and literary developments of the 1880s
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107181908
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. 'Knowledge made for cutting' Penny Fielding and Andrew Taylor
    1. Mermaids amongst the cables: the abstracted body and the telegraphic touch in the nineteenth century Clare Pettitt
    2. Enclosing forms, opening spaces: the 1880s fixed-verse revival Linda K. Hughes
    3. 'The Newest Culte': Victorian poetry and the literary societies of the 1880s Angela Dunstan
    4. The time of W. E. Henley: 'minor poetry' and the 1880s Penny Fielding
    5. The evolution of point of view Cannon Schmitt
    6. Network, history, method: Andrew Lang in and after the 1880s Nathan K. Hensley
    7. Animated conversations: form, transformation, and the category of the novel in the 1880s Barbara Leckie
    8. Henry James, vulgarity, and the contexts of transatlantic moderation Andrew Taylor
    9. He and She: the 1880s, camp aesthetics and the literary magazine Sara Lodge
    10. Men, women and horses: public spectacle in 1887 John Stokes
    11. The secular turn in British literature of the 1880s William Greenslade
    Index.

  • Editors

    Penny Fielding, University of Edinburgh
    Penny Fielding is Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of Scotland and the Fictions of Geography: North Britain 1760–1830 (Cambridge, 2008) and many books and articles on the long nineteenth century as well as a General Editor of the New Edinburgh Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson.

    Andrew Taylor, University of Edinburgh
    Andrew Taylor is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Henry James and the Father Question (Cambridge, 2002) as well as other publications on nineteenth-century transatlantic literary culture.

    Contributors

    Penny Fielding, Andrew Taylor, Clare Pettitt, Linda K. Hughes, Angela Dunstan, Cannon Schmitt, Nathan K. Hensley, Barbara Leckie, Andrew Taylor, Sara Lodge, John Stokes, William Greenslade

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