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The Victorian Novel and the Space of Art : Fictional Form on Display, Paperback / softback Book

The Victorian Novel and the Space of Art : Fictional Form on Display Paperback / softback

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture series

Description

This interdisciplinary study argues for the vital importance of visual culture as a force shaping the Victorian novel's formal development and reading history.

It shows how authors like Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Wilkie Collins and Thomas Hardy borrowed language and conceptual formations from art world spaces - the art market, the museum, the large-scale exhibition, and art critical discourse - not only when they chose certain subjects or refined certain aspects of realism, but also when they tried to adapt various genres of the novel for a new and newly vociferous mass audience.

Quandaries specific to new forms of public display affected authors' sense of their relationship with their own public.

Debates about how best to appreciate a new mass of visual information impacted authors' sense of how people read, and consequently the development of particular novel forms like the multi-plot novel, the historical novel, the sensation novel, and fin-de-siecle fiction.

Information

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 260 pages, 11 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • ISBN: 9781107621268

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