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Persuasion
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|April 29, 2003

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Jane Austen's last completed novel, marrying witty social realism to a Cinderella love story At twenty-­seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off…
Jabberwocky And Other Nonsense: Collected Poems
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|October 31, 2012

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'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe...' wrote Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, in his wonderfully playful poem of nonsense verse, 'Jabberwocky'. This beautiful,…
George Eliot And The Woman Question
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|November 1, 2019

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This is an enlarged edition of Professor Beer's volume on George Eliot which initially appeared in the `Key Women Writers' series issued by The Harvester Press. It was widely welcomed. Elaine Showalter, Professor of English, Princeton University said of it that…
Alice In Space: The Sideways Victorian World Of Lewis Carroll
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In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass , Lewis Carroll created fantastic worlds that continue to delight and trouble readers of all ages today. Few consider, however, that Carroll conceived his Alice books during the 1860s, a…
Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction
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Gillian Beer's classic Darwin's Plots, one of the most influential works of literary criticism and cultural history of the last quarter century, is here reissued in an updated edition to coincide with the anniversary of Darwin's birth and of the publication of…
Dickens, Novel Reading, And The Victorian Popular Theatre
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|November 2, 2006

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In this study Deborah Vlock shows that characters, dialogue, and plots from many of Charles Dickens' novels can be traced to the Victorian stage, and that contemporary readers and writers of fiction were strongly influenced by what they saw at the theater.…
Victorian Literature And The Anorexic Body
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|March 30, 2006

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Anna Silver examines the ways nineteenth-century British writers used physical states of the female body--hunger, appetite, fat and slenderness--in the creation of female characters. She argues that anorexia nervosa, first diagnosed in 1873, serves as a paradigm…
Fairies In Nineteenth-century Art And Literature
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This study of the Victorian fascination with fairies reveals their significance in Victorian art and literature. Nicola Bown explores what the fairy meant to the Victorians, and why they were so captivated by a figure which nowadays seems trivial and childish.…
Realism, Representation, And The Arts In Nineteenth-century Literature
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This book examines the representation of a variety of arts--primarily painting, theater, and music--within the work of major nineteenth-century novelists. It charts a historical progression, from Romantic poetry, through mid-century Realism, to Aestheticism,…
Aestheticism And Sexual Parody 1840-1940
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Aestheticism and Sexual Parody adds a new and important dimension to the concept of parody as a combative strategy by which sexually marginalized groups undermine the status quo. From W. S. Gilbert's drama, and Vernon Lee and Christopher Isherwood's prose to…
Physiognomy And The Meaning Of Expression In Nineteenth-century Culture: Physiognomy & The Meaning…
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In Physiognomy and the Meaning of Expression in Nineteenth-Century Culture, Lucy Hartley examines the emergence of physiognomy as a form of popular science. Physiognomy posited an understanding of the inner meaning of human character from observations of physical…
Rereading Walter Pater: Rereading Walter Pater
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Walter Pater is increasingly gaining recognition as a pivotal figure in nineteenth-century culture. William F. Shuter shows that Pater authorized rereadings of his work in an effort to rewrite his own literary and cultural past. Drawing on unpublished manuscript…
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