The Ethos of Romance at the Turn of the Century by William J. ScheickThe Ethos of Romance at the Turn of the Century by William J. Scheick

The Ethos of Romance at the Turn of the Century

byWilliam J. Scheick

Paperback | November 26, 2014

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The romance genre was a popular literary form among writers and readers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but since then it has often been dismissed as juvenile, unmodern, improper, or subversive. In this study, William J. Scheick seeks to recover the place of romance in fin-de-siècle England and America; to distinguish among its subgenres of eventuary, aesthetic, and ethical romance; and to reinstate ethical romance as a major mode of artistic expression.

The authors whose works Scheick discusses are Nathaniel Hawthorne, H. Rider Haggard, Henry James, C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne, H. G. Wells, John Kendrick Bangs, Gilbert K. Chesterton, Richard Harding Davis, Stephen Crane, Mary Austin, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Cholmondeley, and Rudyard Kipling. This wide selection expands the canon to include writers and works that highly merit re-reading by a new generation.

William J. Scheick is the J. R. Millikan Centennial Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
Title:The Ethos of Romance at the Turn of the CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 26, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292771797

ISBN - 13:9780292771796

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Beautiful Circuit and Subterfuge: Romance
  • 2. The School of a Great Master: Hawthorne
  • 3. Eventuary Romance: Haggard
  • 4. Aesthetic Romance: James
  • 5. Ethical Romance: Hyne, Wells, Bangs, and Chesterton
  • 6. The Ethos of Storytelling: Davis, Crane, and Austin
  • 7. The Art of Life: London, Stevenson, Cholmondeley, and Kipling
  • Notes
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"Scheick both broadens and refines our current scholarly understanding and definition of the romance form and how it speaks to culture .... Examples from literary texts are prodigious, illustrative, and comprehensively explained." - Janet A. Gabler-Hover, Georgia State University