Victorian Renovations Of The Novel: Narrative Annexes and the Boundaries of Representation by Suzanne KeenVictorian Renovations Of The Novel: Narrative Annexes and the Boundaries of Representation by Suzanne Keen

Victorian Renovations Of The Novel: Narrative Annexes and the Boundaries of Representation

bySuzanne KeenEditorGillian Beer

Paperback | December 15, 2005

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This study of narrative technique in Victorian novels introduces the concept of "narrative annexes" whereby unexpected characters, impermissible subjects and plot-changing events enter fictional worlds that otherwise exclude them, challenging Victorian cultural and literary norms. Original readings of novels by Charlotte Brontë, Dickens, Disraeli, Hardy, Kingsley, Trollope and Wells show these writers negotiating the boundaries of representation to reveal subjects (notably sexuality and social class) that contemporary critics sought to exclude from the realm of the novel.
Title:Victorian Renovations Of The Novel: Narrative Annexes and the Boundaries of RepresentationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:December 15, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521021472

ISBN - 13:9780521021470

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Table of Contents

1. Narrative annexes: altered spaces, altered modes; 2. Victorian critics, narrative annexes, and prescriptions for the novel; 3. Norms and narrow spaces: the gendering of limits on representation; 4. Narrative annexes, social mobility and class anxiety; 5. Older, deeper, further: narrative annexes and the extent of the condition of England; 6. Victorian annexes and modern form; Notes; Bibliography.

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"Keen's style is lucid and her prose is a pleasure to read. The readings of specific novels are attentive and sensitive..." Journal of English and Germanic Philology