A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel (Concise by Francis O'Gorman

By Francis O'Gorman

This quantity provides clean techniques to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830-1900. Opens up for the reader the cultural global during which the Victorian novel used to be written and browse. Crosses conventional disciplinary limitations. offers clean views on how Victorian fiction pertains to various contexts, similar to category, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislation and biology.

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The fiction’s discourse mobilises a relentless attack, and the illegitimate joining of utilitarianism with idealism is condensed in the key phrase “material interests” ’ (p. 115). S. troops occupy Costaguana; no foreign rulers are installed to govern the new nation of Sulaco; no land is seized for the purposes of settling immigrants. Nonetheless, it is fair to speak of Nostromo as a text about a certain kind of imperialism. John Gallagher and Ronald Robinson (1953) term it ‘the imperialism of free trade’, 13 Cannon Schmitt D.

Taking Nietzsche’s dictum seriously, we might begin by attending to the history of the first of our two undefinables, the novel. The word in one sense means ‘new’ or ‘the new thing’ and so is peculiarly appropriate as a name for the most recent of major literary genres. Whereas the epic, for instance, can be traced back several thousand years, the European novelistic tradition is a matter of merely a few centuries. 6 Empire in the Victorian Novel Two of the most popular candidates for the probably dubious title of ‘first novel in English’ were published around the turn of the seventeenth century: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko appeared in 1688, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe in 1719.

His travails – his son’s death, his daughter Florence’s alienation from him, his sham second marriage, even the eventual collapse of his firm – dramatize the catastrophe that results from his whole-hearted embrace of that view. But the novel does not rest with critique. Putting to rights what it portrays as an inverted relation between family and business, Dombey and Son concludes not simply with the dissolution of a capitalist enterprise that subordinates the familial to itself but with the formation of a new enterprise subservient to the family.

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