By Francis O'Gorman
This quantity provides clean ways to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830 to 1900. which include a chain of unique essays written via admired experts within the box, it opens up the cultural international during which the Victorian novel was once written and skim. The 12 participants supply new views on how Victorian fiction pertains to quite a number very important modern contexts, together with classification, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislations, visible tradition, biology and the stipulations of authorship. Their contributions pass conventional disciplinary limitations, allowing readers to appreciate the Victorian novel’s complicated engagements with different facets of nineteenth-century society.
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George Eliot, writing of the German social historian Riehl in 1856, opened her review by inviting one to note ‘the images that are habitually associated with abstract or collective terms – what may be called the picture26 Visuality and Victorian Fiction writing of the mind’ (Eliot 1990: 107), and this, too, points to the widespread tendency to give, and to want to give, concrete, substantial form to that which might otherwise remain too nebulous or challenging to grasp. ‘Vigorous and effective minds’, wrote Lewes a decade later, in 1865, ‘habitually deal with concrete images’ (Lewes 1898: 33), whereas Thomas Hardy, in 1886, speculated that novel writing, ‘having reached the analytical stage it must transcend it by going still further in the same direction.
Let our wise and wealthy show themselves heroes. (ch. 41: 458) Explicitly analogous to the British settlement of North America, the Jewish polity Mordecai hopes for is to be built on land outside Europe, occupied by others. Daniel Deronda in some measure rewrites race as an elective affinity and nationality as the offspring of male homosocial romance, but it can do so only by envisioning a return to origins and national greatness contingent on the seizure and colonization of territory. Daniel Deronda’s valorization of this version of national belonging invites reconsideration of a novel in which an expansionist, corporate entity forged between men receives less enthusiastic treatment: Dombey and Son.
In Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), for example, the transformation of the patrician, humanitarian Jekyll into the sensual, selfish, and apelike Hyde reveals anachronism within the boundaries of Great Britain, the home, even the self. Whereas Conrad’s Marlow and Haggard’s Holly assert the archaism of a distant land, Stevenson’s characterization of a London physician’s descent into a simian monstrosity draws on the denial of coevalness to locate atavism at the heart of the imperial power.
A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel by Francis O'Gorman