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Jane Austen and Altruism

Jane Austen and Altruism

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Magdalen Wing-chi Ki
September 02, 2019

Jane Austen and Altruism identifies a compelling theme, namely, the view that Jane Austen propounds a rigorous, boundary-sensitive model of altruism that counters the human propensity to selfishness and promotes the culture of cooperation. In her days, altruism was commonly known as "benevolence",...

Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination

Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination

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Chung-jen Chen
September 01, 2019

Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination examines the literary and cultural production of contagion in the Victorian era and the way that production participated in a moral economy of surveillance and control. In this book, I attempt to make sense of how...

Decadent Aesthetics and the Acrobat in the French Fin de siècle

Decadent Aesthetics and the Acrobat in the French Fin de siècle

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Jennifer Forrest
September 01, 2019

In his discussion of clowns in nineteenth-century French painting from Jean-Léon Gérôme’s 1857 La Sortie du bal masqué to Georges Rouault, art historian Francis Haskell wondered why they are so sad. The myth of the sad clown as an allegory for the unappreciated artist found echoes in the work of...

Nineteenth-Century Southern Women Writers: Grace King and Modernism

Nineteenth-Century Southern Women Writers: Grace King and Modernism

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Melissa Walker Heidari, Brigitte Zaugg
August 12, 2019

The essays in this book explore the role of Grace King’s fiction in the movement of American literature from local color and realism to modernism as her work exposes a post-bellum New Orleans that is fragmented socially, politically, and linguistically. Melissa Walker Heidari’s introduction offers...

The Nineteenth-Century French Short Story: Masterpieces in Miniature

The Nineteenth-Century French Short Story: Masterpieces in Miniature

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Allan Pasco
July 12, 2019

The 19th-Century French Short Story, by eminent scholar, Allan H. Pasco, seeks to offer a more comprehensive view of the definition, capabilities, and aims of short stories. The book examines general instances of the genre specifically in 19th-century France by recognizing their cultural context,...

Incorporation, Authorship, and Anglo-American Literature (1815–1918)

Incorporation, Authorship, and Anglo-American Literature (1815–1918)

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Jasper Schelstraete
July 12, 2019

Incorporation, Authorship, and Anglo-American Literature (1815–1918) is concerned with the new ways in which nineteenth-century authors came to imagine nationhood in response to the emergent global market. It investigates how authors negotiated a largely unregulated global economic space, both...

W.S. Gilbert and the Context of Comedy: The Progress of Fun

W.S. Gilbert and the Context of Comedy: The Progress of Fun

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Richard Moore
June 14, 2019

To what extent is a great comic writer the product of his time? How far is he (or she) influenced by factors of personal psychology upbringing and environment? To what is the writing actually part of a long continuum in which there is continuity within change and change within continuity? The...

Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century

Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century

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Verena Laschinger, Sirpa Salenius
April 08, 2019

Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Verena Laschinger and Sirpa Salenius, is a collection of essays that offer a fresh perspective and original analyses of texts by American women writers of the long nineteenth century. The essays, which are written both by...

Arthur Morrison and the East End: The Legacy of Slum Fictions

Arthur Morrison and the East End: The Legacy of Slum Fictions

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Eliza Cubitt
February 21, 2019

This, the first critical biography of Arthur Morrison (1863-1945), presents his East End writing as the counter-myth to the cultural production of the East End in late-Victorian realism. Morrison’s works, particularly Tales of Mean Streets (1894) and A Child of the Jago (1896), are often discussed...

Constructions of Agency in American Literature on the War of Independence: War as Action, 1775-1860

Constructions of Agency in American Literature on the War of Independence: War as Action, 1775-1860

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Martin Holtz
January 21, 2019

This book argues that the negotiation of agency is central not only to the experience of war but also to its representation in cultural expressions, ranging from a notion of disablement, expressed in victimization, immobilization, traumatization, and death, to enablement, expressed in the...

Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, and the Dance of Death

Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, and the Dance of Death

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Jeremy Tambling
January 02, 2019

This study of Nicholas Nickleby takes the Dickens novel which is perhaps the least critically discussed, though it is very popular, and examines its appeal and its significance, and finds it one of the most rewarding and powerful of Dickens’s texts. Nicholas Nickleby deals with the abduction and...

G. W. M. Reynolds and His Fiction: The Man Who Outsold Dickens

G. W. M. Reynolds and His Fiction: The Man Who Outsold Dickens

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Stephen Knight
December 11, 2018

George Reynolds is arguably the most prolific of all nineteenth-century English novelists, reaching an enormous audience through his thirty-six novels. Often selling in very large numbers in weekly one-penny installments, his works were known as by the most popular English novelist ever. Yet today,...

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