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By Kenneth Womack, William Baker

Victorian novels stay vastly renowned at the present time: a few stay made into movies, whereas authors comparable to Charles Dickens and George Eliot are firmly verified within the canon and taught in any respect degrees. those works have additionally attracted loads of severe cognizance, with a lot present scholarship reading the radical in terms of its ancient, political, and cultural contexts. This reference ebook is an introductory consultant to the Victorian novel, its heritage, and its legacy. every one bankruptcy is written through knowledgeable contributor and gives a clean account of previous, present, and new instructions in scholarship.

The quantity is split into a number of large sections, with chapters in every one part treating extra really expert themes. the 1st part seems on the emergence of the Victorian novel and its literary precursors, with specific emphasis at the development of serialization and the advance of the radical of syndication. the second one explores major social and cultural elements of nineteenth-century British literature, whereas the 3rd discusses the important gains of alternative genres, corresponding to ghost tales, the Gothic, detective fiction, the social challenge novel, and modern movie diversifications. person authors are tested within the fourth part, whereas the 5th overviews a variety of serious methods and their software to nineteenth-century fiction.

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Otherwise, if the old man died, then the tale would lose its sense of perpetuity. The old man covertly partakes of the relation to time characterizing the robbers, and conversely-in each case as a matter of textual necessity. Turning aside from the question of time, as the old man and the robbers do in their own ways, we may find another contrast in characterization. " The robbers are limited, weak, defeatable, mundane. Yet by their actions, they are cruel, dishonest, full of malice. If anyone is "terrible," it is they.

Harley can scarcely help putting us in mind (significantly, it would seem) of harle-quin, and a harlequin is a masked buffoon, which in turn suggests not merely (textual) frolic or play, but masked play, a ludic inclination that from the outset conceals itself, though perhaps letting the mask (of surfacelevel or "obvious" interpretation) slip aside from time to time. Harlequin is thought to have been derived from the Old English Herla cyning, King Herla, a mythic figure identified with Woden or Odin.

But the nature of the labeling is in the present case far from simple. The striking thing, immediately, about the title "The Statement of Randolph Carter" is the particular manner in which it describes the text. " The story "The Statement of Randolph Carter" is the statement of Randolph Carter, as its title pointedly proclaims. In the majority of cases, the title of a short story refers to something that is in some sense in the story, not to the form of the story itself. (In, here, is of course spatial metaphor; texts, being open-edged, do not "contain" things in any literal sense of closure over them.

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