By Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing
The significant other to the Victorian Novel offers contextual and important information regarding the total diversity of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901.
- Provides contextual and important information regarding the complete diversity of British fiction released throughout the Victorian interval.
- Explains matters akin to Victorian religions, classification constitution, and Darwinism to those that are unexpected with them.
- Comprises unique, available chapters written by way of popular and rising students within the box of Victorian reviews.
- Ideal for college kids and researchers looking up to the moment insurance of contexts and traits, or as a kick off point for a survey course.
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Other writers, however, saw the situation quite differently, Arnold Bennett, for one, attacking the Gosse-like “tendency to disdain the public, and to appeal only to artists” (quoted in McDonald 1997: 93). The many novels about novelists published in this period bring to life these competing views. While, for example, New Grub Street depicts the popular novelist as an inauthentic, inartistic, and rather heartless panderer to popular ignorance and prejudice, Marie Corelli’s Sorrows of Satan (1895) attacks the presumptions of self-styled literary artists like Gissing himself.
On the other hand, serialization required that such prolixity be complemented by tightness of construction when it came to the parts. More generally, the system required Victorian novelists to think in terms both of multiple small parts and of a very large whole in a way unique in literary history. The innovations in format and pricing that led to the proliferation and cheapening of both novels and periodicals were made possible by a host of technological developments, including the mechanization of paper-making (after 1807) and of printing The Publishing World 19 (after 1814), and the various refinements that improved the quality and lowered the cost of the illustrations accompanying every Victorian serial.
This was a generic term for working-class private schools, which were not always run by women. Before compulsory education, anyone could set up as a schoolmaster and take in fee-paying pupils, and this was often a last resort for men crippled in industrial accidents. Victorian inspectors warned that most dame schools were hopelessly inadequate, often nothing more than child-minding services. Some modern historians have attempted to rehabilitate these schools, arguing that (in stark contrast to church-run schools) they offered more individualized instruction without religious indoctrination.
A Companion to the Victorian Novel by Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing