Rereading The Nineteenth Century: Studies in the Old Criticism from Austen to Lawrence

Hardcover | March 15, 2010

byIgor Webb

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From the vantage point of the twenty-first century, this book offers a fresh look at the relation of the nineteenth-century writer to the reader. Moving beyond the revolutions in theory and criticism of the last several decades, Igor Webb offers a rereading of the development of the nineteenth-century English novel. Close readings shed new light on the history of the reading of Mary Barton; on the impact of unprecedented social realities on Charles Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit; and on how we might today enter the far more religious world of the nineteenth century through fresh approaches to Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

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From the vantage point of the twenty-first century, this book offers a fresh look at the relation of the nineteenth-century writer to the reader. Moving beyond the revolutions in theory and criticism of the last several decades, Igor Webb offers a rereading of the development of the nineteenth-century English novel. Close readings shed...

Igor Webb is Professor of English at Adelphi University. He is the author of From Custom to Capital: The English Novel and the Industrial Revolution and Ideas Across Time: Classic and Contemporary Readings For Composition. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Partisan Review, and The Common Review.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:202 pages, 9.76 × 5.68 × 0.69 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230100279

ISBN - 13:9780230100275

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Table of Contents

Preliminary * Reading Mary Barton: The Writer and the Reader * Charles Dickens in America: The Writer in Reality * Narrative and the Problem of Evil: The Writer and Mortality * Toward a Conclusion

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“In this ambitious, wide-ranging study, Webb carefully considers both the nature of reading fiction and the difficulties in seeking to reread nineteenth-century works in the way that they were experienced by their original audience.  The subjects discussed include the prevalence of religious belief in this earlier period, the problems that writers faced in trying to depict the unprecedented circumstances of urban life, and the manner in which narrative form was used as a guide to meaning.  Focusing on six representative texts, Webb offers new, stimulating insights as he forcefully maintains that rereading the past can bring excitement, joy, and significance.”—Stanley Friedman, Co-Editor, Dickens Studies Annual