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The Resource Worlds enough : the invention of realism in the Victorian novel, Elaine Freedgood

Worlds enough : the invention of realism in the Victorian novel, Elaine Freedgood

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Worlds enough : the invention of realism in the Victorian novel
Title
Worlds enough
Title remainder
the invention of realism in the Victorian novel
Statement of responsibility
Elaine Freedgood
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A short, provocative book that challenges basic assumptions about Victorian fiction. Now praised for its realism and formal coherence, the Victorian novel was not always great, or even good, in the eyes of its critics. As Elaine Freedgood reveals in Worlds Enough, it was only in the late 1970s that literary critics constructed a prestigious version of British realism, erasing more than a century of controversy about the value of Victorian fiction. Examining criticism of Victorian novels since the 1850s, Freedgood demonstrates that while they were praised for their ability to bring certain social truths to fictional life, these novels were also criticized for their formal failures and compared unfavorably to their French and German counterparts. She analyzes the characteristics of realism--denotation, omniscience, paratext, reference, and ontology--and the politics inherent in them, arguing that if critics displaced the nineteenth-century realist novel as the standard by which others are judged, literary history might be richer. It would allow peripheral literatures and the neglected wisdom of their critics to come fully into view. She concludes by questioning the aesthetic racism built into prevailing ideas about the centrality of realism in the novel, and how those ideas have affected debates about world literature. By re-examining the critical reception of the Victorian novel, Worlds Enough suggests how we can rethink our practices and perceptions about books we think we know."--
Assigning source
Book jacket
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Freedgood, Elaine,
Index
index present
LC call number
PR468.R42
LC item number
F74 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • Realism in literature
  • English literature
  • Realism in literature
  • Englisch
  • Rezeption
  • Roman
Label
Worlds enough : the invention of realism in the Victorian novel, Elaine Freedgood
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Worlds enough -- Introduction: How the Victorian novel became realistic (in a French way), reactionary, and great -- Case study 1: Denotation -- Case study 2: Omniscience -- Case study 3: Paratext -- Case study 4: Hetero-ontologicality -- Case study 5: Reference -- Conclusion: Decolonizing the novel
Control code
1089576010
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxii, 152 pages
Isbn
9780691193304
Lccn
2019934907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1089576010
Label
Worlds enough : the invention of realism in the Victorian novel, Elaine Freedgood
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Worlds enough -- Introduction: How the Victorian novel became realistic (in a French way), reactionary, and great -- Case study 1: Denotation -- Case study 2: Omniscience -- Case study 3: Paratext -- Case study 4: Hetero-ontologicality -- Case study 5: Reference -- Conclusion: Decolonizing the novel
Control code
1089576010
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxii, 152 pages
Isbn
9780691193304
Lccn
2019934907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1089576010

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