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  • 1
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9783110376715 
    Contributer: Middeke, Martin , Pietrzak-Franger, Monika
    Title: Handbook of the English Novel, 1830–1900
    Publisher(s): De Gruyter
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9783110376715
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Part I of this authoritative handbook offers systematic essays, which deal with major historical, social, philosophical, political, cultural and aesthetic contexts of the English novel between 1830 and 1900. The essays offer a wide scope of aspects such as the Industrial Revolution, religion and secularisation, science, technology, medicine, evolution or the increasing mediatisation of the lifeworld. Part II, then, leads through the work of more than 25 eminent Victorian novelists. Each of these chapters provides both historical and biographical contextualisation, overview, close reading and analysis. They also encourage further research as they look upon the work of the respective authors at issue from the perspectives of cultural and literary theory
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  • 2
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2019-2020
    ISBN: 9780691194202 
    Title: Novel Relations
    Subtitle: Victorian Fiction and British Psychoanalysis
    Publisher(s): Princeton University Press
    Year of publication: 2019-2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780691194202
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Novel Relations engages twentieth-century post-Freudian British psychoanalysis in an unprecedented way: as literary theory. Placing the writing of figures like D. W. Winnicott, W. R. Bion, Michael and Enid Balint, Joan Riviere, Paula Heimann, and Betty Joseph in conversation with canonical Victorian fiction, Alicia Christoff reveals just how much object relations can teach us about how and why we read. These thinkers illustrate the ever-shifting impact our relations with others have on the psyche, and help us see how literary figures-characters, narrators, authors, and other readers-shape and structure us too. For Christoff, novels are charged relational fields.Closely reading novels by George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, Christoff shows that traditional understandings of Victorian fiction change when we fully recognize the object relations of reading. It is not by chance that British psychoanalysis illuminates underappreciated aspects of Victorian fiction so vibrantly: Victorian novels shaped modern psychoanalytic theories of psyche and relationality-including the eclipsing of empire and race in the construction of subject. Relational reading opens up both Victorian fiction and psychoanalysis to wider political and postcolonial dimensions, while prompting a closer engagement with work in such areas as critical race theory and gender and sexuality studies.The first book to examine at length the connections between British psychoanalysis and Victorian fiction, Novel Relations describes the impact of literary form on readers and on twentieth- and twenty-first-century theories of the subject
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  • 3
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    Online Resource
    2019-2020
    ISBN: 9780231550161 
    Person(s): Cole, Sarah
    Title: Inventing Tomorrow
    Subtitle: H. G. Wells and the Twentieth Century
    Publisher(s): Columbia University Press
    Year of publication: 2019-2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780231550161
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: H. G. Wells played a central role in defining the intellectual, political, and literary character of the twentieth century. A prolific literary innovator, he coined such concepts as "time machine," "war of the worlds," and "atomic bomb," exerting vast influence on popular ideas of time and futurity, progress and decline, and humanity's place in the universe. Wells was a public intellectual with a worldwide readership. He met with world leaders, including Roosevelt, Lenin, Stalin, and Churchill, and his books were international best-sellers. Yet critics and scholars have largely forgotten his accomplishments or relegated them to genre fiction, overlooking their breadth and diversity.In Inventing Tomorrow, Sarah Cole provides a definitive account of Wells's work and ideas. She contends that Wells casts new light on modernism and its values: on topics from warfare to science to time, his work resonates both thematically and aesthetically with some of the most ambitious modernists. At the same time, unlike many modernists, Wells believed that literature had a pressing place in public life, and his works reached a wide range of readers. While recognizing Wells's limitations, Cole offers a new account of his distinctive style as well as his interventions into social and political thought. She illuminates how Wells embodies twentieth-century literature at its most expansive and engaged. An ambitious rethinking of Wells as both writer and thinker, Inventing Tomorrow suggests that he offers a timely model for literature's moral responsibility to imagine a better global future
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  • 4
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9783110678611 
    Title: Haunted Spaces in Twenty-First Century British Nature Writing
    Publisher(s): De Gruyter
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9783110678611
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This study investigates the figure of haunting in the New Nature Writing. It begins with a historical survey of nature writing and traces how it came to represent an ideal of ‘natural’ space as empty of human history and social conflict. Building on a theoretical framework which combines insights from ecocriticism and spatial theory, the author explores the spatial dimensions of haunting and ‘hauntology’ and shows how 21st-century writers draw on a Gothic repertoire of seemingly supernatural occurrences and spectral imagery to portray ‘natural’ space as disturbed, uncanny and socially contested. Iain Sinclair and Robert Macfarlane are revealed to apply psychogeography’s interest in ‘hidden histories’ and haunted places to spaces associated with ‘wilderness’ and ‘the countryside’. Kathleen Jamie’s allusions to the Gothic are put in relation to her feminist re-writing of ‘the outdoors’, and John Burnside’s use of haunting is shown to dismantle fictions of ‘the far north’. This book provides not only a discussion of a wide range of factual and fictional narratives of the present but also an analysis of the intertextual dialogue with the Romantic tradition which enfolds in these texts
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  • 5
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    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9783110613674 
    Title: A Cosmography of Man
    Subtitle: Character Sketches in "The Tatler" and "The Spectator"
    Publisher(s): De Gruyter
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9783110613674
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Designed to reform contemporary British society, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele's The Tatler (1709-1711) and The Spectator (1711-1712, 1714) rely heavily on the representation of contemporary manners. In shaping such behavioural images, the authors made use of the satirical character sketch. Their character sketches (re)create social interactions between fictionalised representatives of moral types of men and women located in contemporary London. This study examines how Addison and Steele employed the character sketch to create a 'cosmography' of (wo)man by actively engaging with the observational approaches of contemporary naturalists. Addison and Steele adapted distinctly empirical methods (e.g. induction and deduction, note taking, repeated and collective observation) and appropriated the (medico-legal) case study to communicate and disseminate socio-moral knowledge. At the same time, the character sketch served them as a means to establish a taxonomic order of the socio-moral knowledge conveyed in the texts. The study sheds new light on the literary techniques and the methodological frameworks of two journals essentially associated with the British - and the European - Enlightenment
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  • 6
    Person(s): Jung, Susanne
    Title: Bouncing Back: Queer Resilience in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century English Literature and Culture
    Publisher(s): transcript-Verlag
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9783839450277
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: LGBTQ people have strategies of resilience at their disposal to help them deal with the challenge that heteronormativity as a power structure poses to their affective lives. This book makes the concept of resilience available to queer literary and cultural studies, analysing these strategies in terms of narration, performance, bodies, and space. Resilience turns out to be a highly interactive mode of being in the world, which can set free creative energy as well as draw inspiration and energy from artistic work. Authors and artists discussed include Katherine Mansfield, Christopher Isherwood, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Jeanette Winterson, Michael Cunningham, and Ian McKellen
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  • 7
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2020
    ISBN: 9783839451878 
    Title: Home/Fronts
    Subtitle: Contemporary War in British Literature, Drama, and Film
    Publisher(s): transcript-Verlag
    Year of publication: 2020
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9783839451878
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: In recent years, the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have had an impact on the UK, rivalled only by the Brexit and the global financial crisis. For people at home, the wars were ever-present in the media, yet remained distant and difficult to apprehend. This study offers an analytical survey of British contemporary war narratives in novels, drama, film, and television that seek to make sense of the experience. The study shows how the narratives, instead of reflecting on the UK`s role as invader, portray war as invading the British home. Home loses its post-Cold War sense of »permanent peace« and is recast as a home/front where war once again becomes part of what it means to be »us«
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  • 8
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2019
    ISBN: 9781487574772 
    Title: Thackeray
    Subtitle: The Major Novels
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2019
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781487574772
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Although few critics deny Thackeray's position as a major novelist, he has had comparatively little of the kind of critical attention that has been devoted to Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, or Henry James in the last thirty years. His curious combinations of satire and sentiment, geniality and deviousness, snobbery and anti-snobbery, and his habits of retreating from one disguise to another, have made him difficult to deal with, and his practice of exposing his stories as fictions has evoked hostility in many critics who are none the less fascinated by him. In this original and revealing study of the major novels, Juliet McMaster contends that Thackery is a consummate artist and a highly sophisticated ironist, exploiting to the full the potential of the various personae he adopts, and introducing ambiguity deliberately, to sharpen the reader's moral perceptions and to evoke the complexity of experience itself
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  • 9
    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    2019
    ISBN: 9781487577674 
    Person(s): McKay, Kenneth
    Title: Many Glancing Colours
    Subtitle: An Essay in Reading Tennyson, 1809-1850
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2019
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781487577674
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: 'Poetry,' wrote Tennyson 'is like shot-silk with many glancing colours.' Taking this statement as a key to Tennyson's art and meaning, Kenneth McKay explores in detail the maturing poems from Tennyson's earliest efforts as a boy under his father's eye at Somersby, through 'Timbuctoo' and 'The Lover's Tale,' through the great poems published between 1830 and 1847, to their culmination in 'In Memoriam,' that complex, various, and subtle expression of Tennyson's achieved maturity. Rooted in close analyses of individual poems, Many Glancing Colours becomes a study of the development and character of Tennyson's liberal artistic imagination. Though closely aligned with Coleridge's idea of 'multeity in unity,' Tennyson's sense of poetry as shot-silk is different, MacKay suggests, chiefly by its resistance to and subversion of a faith in the efficacy of the rational, ordering consciousness. Tennyson rejected Coleridge's Germany idealism, recognizing in the words of Arthur Hallam, that 'Pain is the deepest thing we have in our nature, and union through pain has always seemed more real and more holy than any other.' With this, he saw, again with Hallam, that 'the Godhead of the Son has not been a fixed, invariable thing from the beginning: he is more God now than he was once; and will be perfectly united to God hereafter.' From this position, McKay argues, Tennyson wrote his great poems between 1830 and 1850, apprehending reality in a body of work which is distinct in a voice, technique, and imaginative grasp. First in 'Mariana' (1830) and then in the major poems which follow, Tennyson projects a world in which meaning and love come only as one submits, beyond any hope for or presumption of knowledge, to suffering and ignorance as the very condition of both vision and life. A poetry of shot-silk, in its intelligence, range, variety, and ambiguity, became Tennyson's natural instrument, one fundamental to his liberal artistic imagination and a study of which makes for a new understanding of the development and character of the Victorian period generally
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  • 10
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    Online Resource
    2019
    ISBN: 9781487574727 
    Title: The Infinite Moment and Other Essays in Robert Browning
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press
    Year of publication: 2019
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781487574727
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: With the exception of the closing essay, the contents of this book represent a garnering of various articles on the poetry of Browning printed during the course of years in scholarly journals. During the sixty-five years after Browning's death, his poetic reputation varied as widely as in his lifetime, and from the time of the publication of The Ring and the Book in 1868-69 until his death in 1889, his niche beside Tennyson as one of the two master poets of the Victorian era was secure. Criticism was succeeded by panegyric, reaching its acme into the adulation of the Browning society and its mushroom offshoots in England and America. In this second edition, three articles on Browning and his poetry written after the first edition have been added
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