Victorian criticism of the novel

edited by Edwin M. Eigner and George J. Worth

By the end of the nineteenth century the novel unquestionably had become the most popular and influential of English literary forms. Yet it has not always been clear how the Victorians themselves regarded the nature of prose fiction. This volume is a collection of twelve 'landmark' essays that chart the development of English theories of fiction during the great age of the novel. Spanning the whole of the Victorian period, from Bulwer Lytton's 'On Art in Fiction' (1838) to Conrad's preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897), the volume also includes pieces by George Eliot, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, and a number of the more important critics and reviewers of the time. The editors' introduction surveys the main issues, such as the debate between realism and romance, addressed by novel criticism throughout the period. Each of the selections that follow is set in its historical context by a prefatory essay and is fully annotated for the student. There is a helpful bibliography of further reading.

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  • 1. Edward Bulwer Lytton (1803-1873) From 'On Art in Fiction' (1838)
  • 2. George Moir (1800-1870) From 'Modern Romance and Novel (1842)
  • 3. Archibald Alison (1792-1867) From 'The Historical Romance (1845)
  • 4. Anonymous From 'Recent Works of fiction' (1853)
  • 5. James Fitzjames Stephen (1829-1894) From The Relation of Novels to Life, 1855
  • 6. William Caldwell Roscoe (1823-1859) From 'W. M. Thackeray, Artist and Moralist (1856)
  • 7. David Masson (1822-1907) From 'British Novelists Since Scott' (1859)
  • 8. George Eliot (Marian Evans) (1819-1880) 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists' (1856)
  • 9. George Henry Lewes (1817-1878) Criticism in Relation to Novels (1865)
  • 10. Henry James (1843-1916) 'The Art of Fiction' (1884)
  • 11. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) 'A Humble Remonstrance (1884)
  • 12. Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) (1856-1935) From 'A Dialogue on Novels' (1885)
  • 13. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) 'Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus' (1897).

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書名 Victorian criticism of the novel
著作者等 Eigner, Edwin M.
Worth, George J.
Worth George J.
シリーズ名 Cambridge English prose texts
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1985
ページ数 vi, 258 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521255155
NCID BA00239337
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス

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