The Nineteenth-century Novel : A Critical Reader, Paperback Book

The Nineteenth-century Novel : A Critical Reader Paperback

Edited by Stephen Regan

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The Nineteenth-Century Novel: A Critical Reader provides a comprehensive selection of contemporary and modern essays on the most important novels of the period.

By bringing together a range of material written across two centuries, it offers an insight into the changing reception of realist fiction and a discussion of how complex debates about the meaning and function of realism informed and shaped the kind of fiction that was written in the nineteenth century.

The novels discussed are: Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, Dombey and Son, Middlemarch, Far From the Madding Crowd, Germinal, Madame Bovary, The Woman in White, The Portrait of a Lady, The Awakening, Dracula, Heart of Darkness.




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This book is very valuable, because it helped me understand the chronology behind the concept of realism behind the nineteenth century novel; its general content is easy to understand and all the 'big' names (in terms of literary criticism) are there, so this makes this book a necessary tool for the understanding and the development of literary criticism. This is the base for understanding modern literary criticism, so it should be on any undergraduate English student's shelves!