A History of Victorian Literature - eBook
A History of Victorian Literature - eBook  -     By: James Eli Adams
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781444354898
ISBN-13: 9781444354898

Publisher's Description

Incorporating a broad range of contemporary scholarship, AHistory of Victorian Literature presents an overview of theliterature produced in Great Britain between 1830 and 1900, withfresh consideration of both major figures and some of the era'sless familiar authors. Part of the Blackwell Histories ofLiterature series, the book describes the development of theVictorian literary movement and places it within its cultural,social and political context.
  • A wide-ranging narrative overview of literature in GreatBritain between 1830 and 1900, capturing the extraordinary varietyof literary output produced during this era
  • Analyzes the development of all literary forms during thisperiod - the novel, poetry, drama, autobiography and critical prose- in conjunction with major developments in social and intellectualhistory
  • Considers the ways in which writers engaged with new forms ofsocial responsibility in their work, as Britain transformed intothe world's first industrial economy
  • Offers a fresh perspective on the work of both major figuresand some of the era’s less familiar authors
  • Winner of a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award,2009

Author Bio

James Eli Adams is Professor of English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Dandies and Desert Saints: Styles of Victorian Masculinity (1995); the general editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era (2004); and co-editor of Sexualities in Victorian Britain (1996).

Editorial Reviews

"An award-winning overview of Victorian literature, considering keyfigures and their works." (Bookseller Buyer's Guide, 1August 2011)

"This is a beautifully written, truly intelligent book thatunderstands the Victorians. Reading this volume was a pleasure thatbrought home rather forcefully the relatively functional nature ofso much professional academic prose." (Victorian Studies,Spring 2010)

"This elegant and far-reaching book offers a surprising sourceof optimism to those working in the humanities in HigherEducation." (Dickens Quarterly, 2010)

"Throughout his prose is clear and unpretentious--in short,entirely appropriate for his intended audience. Though specialistsmay quibble over what Adams chooses to omit from this conciseaccount, this book is a remarkable achievement." (CHOICE,October 2009)

"...its breadth of coverage is staggering. It includes all themajor figures and genres of the age, hosts of relatively minorauthors and works, and all the important subgenres. Also, byplacing the individual works in their ever-shifting literary andcultural milieus, it provides a depth of insight lacking in morenarrowly conceived studies.... Also, it may well stimulate anexploration of the work of such important but neglected authors asAinsworth, Disraeli and Bulwer-Lytton, not to mention such utterlyforgotten authors as Catherine Gore. Adams, in fact, seems to haveread so much of the relatively minor and currently neglectedliterature of the entire period, and writes about it with suchgusto and infectious enthusiasm that he extends the breadth anddepth of the entire field of Victorian studies and will doubtlessinspire specialists as well as less advanced students of the periodto read works they might otherwise have viewed as expendable. Thebook is indeed so replete with valuable insights into so many worksand authors that the reader who has taken in its chronologicalsweep by reading from the introduction through the epilogue willundoubtedly return over and over again via the index to review thereadings of particular works". (New Books Online, September2009)

"Herbert F Tucker's foreword to James Eli Adams's History ofVictorian Literature waxes lyrical about its achievement interms extravagant enough to arouse suspicion." (VictorianStudies, Spring 2010)

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