By Francis O'Gorman

This quantity offers clean techniques to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830 to 1900. together with a sequence of unique essays written by way of popular experts within the box, it opens up the cultural global within which the Victorian novel used to be written and skim. The 12 participants offer new views on how Victorian fiction pertains to a variety of very important modern contexts, together with type, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislation, visible tradition, biology and the stipulations of authorship. Their contributions pass conventional disciplinary obstacles, allowing readers to appreciate the Victorian novel’s complicated engagements with diversified features of nineteenth-century society.

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Introduced by a fictional editor whose frame narration provides verisimilitude as well as homiletic commentary on the adventures inside the frame, She is primarily narrated by Horace Ludwig Holly, whose conclusions about Africa as ‘full of the relics of long dead and forgotten civilizations’ echo archaeological truisms of the time (ch. 5: 62). Buried treasure, 14 Empire in the Victorian Novel although neither gold nor diamonds, those relics attest to a majestic African past and thus, by way of contrast, to a degenerate African present.

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