By Francis O'Gorman
This quantity offers clean methods 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 skim. Crosses conventional disciplinary limitations. presents clean views on how Victorian fiction pertains to various contexts, equivalent to classification, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislation and biology.
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Divorced from sexual reproduction, it imagines a figurative reproduction through the male line, and it connects that reproduction not only to race but also, through race, to nation and empire. Dying of a wasting disease but convinced he has discovered the person who will take up his lifelong dream of founding ‘a new Judaea’ (ch. 41: 459), Mordecai explains to Deronda: ‘You will be my life: it will be planted afresh; it will grow. You shall take the inheritance; it has been gathering for ages. The generations are crowding on my narrow life as a bridge: what has been and what is to be are meeting there; and the bridge is breaking.
From lavishly gilded, elaborately tooled covers to the yellow-backed popular fiction sold at railway bookstalls, books were designed to appeal to the eye in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Most conspicuously, cheaper printing techniques allowed for the illustration of novels. Illustrations could function in a whole range of ways. At their most anodyne, they did little more than break up pages of print, offering pleasant, but unmemorable impressions of social status, setting, and physical appearance: even John Millais’s respectful illustrations to four of Anthony Trollope’s novels (Framley Parsonage, 1860–1; Orley Farm, 1861–2; The Small House at 29 Kate Flint Allington, 1862–4, and Phineas Finn, 1867–9) add little other than social elegance.
A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel (Concise Companions to Literature and Culture) by Francis O'Gorman