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

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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sirpa Salenius, Verena Laschinger
April 15, 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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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,...

Women's Emancipation Writing at the Fin de Siecle

Women's Emancipation Writing at the Fin de Siecle

1st Edition

Elena V. Shabliy, Dmitry Kurochkin, O’Donnell Karen
November 30, 2018

This work investigates women’s emancipation writing in the second half of the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. Many novelists in various national literatures touched upon the theme of an emancipated woman in the long nineteenth century and at the fin de siècle. Philosophers, poets,...

George Eliot’s Moral Aesthetic: Compelling Contradictions

George Eliot’s Moral Aesthetic: Compelling Contradictions

1st Edition

Constance M. Fulmer
November 20, 2018

George Eliot’s serious readers have been intrigued by the fact that she declared that she had lost her faith in God and had renounced her hope for a traditional Christian heaven and yet she continued to preach her own version of morality in everything she wrote, to hope for an immortality which...

A Female Poetics of Empire: From Eliot to Woolf

A Female Poetics of Empire: From Eliot to Woolf

1st Edition

Julia Kuehn
August 23, 2018

Many well-known male writers produced fictions about colonial spaces and discussed the advantages of realism over romance, and vice versa, in the ‘art of fiction’ debate of the 1880s; but how did female writers contribute to colonial fiction? This volume links fictional, non-fictional and...

A Critical Reappraisal of the Writings of Francis Sylvester Mahony

A Critical Reappraisal of the Writings of Francis Sylvester Mahony

1st Edition

Fergus Dunne
August 08, 2018

This book resituates Francis Sylvester Mahony in an early nineteenth-century literary-historical context, counteracting the efforts of twentieth-century literary historians to obscure his contribution to the emergence of a distinctive Irish Catholic fiction in English. This volume re-explores his...

Gothic Peregrinations: The Unexplored and Re-explored Territories

Gothic Peregrinations: The Unexplored and Re-explored Territories

1st Edition

Agnieszka Lowczanin, Katarzyna Malecka
July 03, 2018

For over two hundred years, the Gothic has remained fixed in the European and American imaginations, steadily securing its position as a global cultural mode in recent decades. The globalization of Gothic studies has resulted in the proliferation of new critical concepts and a growing academic...

Sensational Deviance: Disability in Nineteenth-Century Sensation Fiction

Sensational Deviance: Disability in Nineteenth-Century Sensation Fiction

1st Edition

Heidi Logan
July 03, 2018

Sensational Deviance: Disability in Nineteenth-Century Sensation Fiction investigates the representation of disability in fictional works by the leading Victorian sensation novelists Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, exploring how disability acts as a major element in the shaping of the...

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