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Agathocleous, Tanya. Urban Realism and the Cosmopolitan Imagination in the Nineteenth Century: Visible City, Invisible World. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 294 p. US $90.00. ISBN 10: 0-521-76264-2 ISBN-13: 978-0-521-76264-9
This book tells a story about the transformation of mid-Victorian urban writing in response both to London's growing size and diversity, and Britain's shifting global fortunes. Shows how Charles Dickens, William Morris, Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Joseph Conrad explored the ethical, social and political implications of globalization.
Amigoni, David. Victorian Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ Press, 2011. 256 p US US $30.00 ISBN-10: 0-7486-2563-1 ISBN-13: 978-0-7486-2563-5
Explores how all forms of literary discourse were changed and exposed between 1830 and 1900 by new methods of serialization, the increasing complexity of new contexts of consumption, and a pervasive culture of performance.
Atwood, Sara. Ruskin's Educational Ideals. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 202p US $99.95 ISBN-10: 1-4094-0838-8 ISBN-13: 978-1-4094-0838-3
"Powerful, well-written, and original, it makes a valuable contribution to Ruskin, and indeed Victorian, scholarship." - Francis O'Gorman, University of Leeds.
Brown, Karen E. The Yeats Circle, Verbal and Visual Relations in Ireland, 1880-1939. Aldershot: Ashgat, 2011. 208 p US $109.95 ISBN-10: 0-7546-6644-1 ISBN-13: 978-0-7546-6644-8
Focusing on W.B. Yeats's ideal of mutual support between the arts, Karen Brown sheds new light on how collaborations and differences between members of the Yeats family circle contributed to the metamorphosis of the Irish Cultural Revival into Irish Modernism.
Bucklow, Spike & Woodcock, Sally, ed. Sir John Gilbert: Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 264p US $80.00 ISBN-10: 1-84822-079-0 ISBN-13: 978-1-84822-079-9
Offering first-class, original research, Sir John Gilbert is essential reading for all those with a particular interest in Victorian art, literature and society.
Butler, Alison. Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic: Invoking Tradition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 248 p US $80.00 ISBN-10: 0-230-22339-7 ISBN-13: 978-0-230-22339-4
Butler examines the individuals, institutions and literature associated with . . . the revival of magical practice and belief . . . and demonstrates how Victorian occultism provided an alternative to the tightening camps of science and religion in a social environment that nurtured magical beliefs.
Byrne, Katherine. Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 240 p US $90.00 ISBN-10: 0-521-76667-2 ISBN-13: 978-0-521-76667-8
Through an examination of a range of Victorian texts, from well-known and popular novels by Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell to critically neglected works by Mrs Humphry Ward and Charles Reade, this work reveals the metaphors of illness which surrounded tuberculosis and the ways those metaphors were used in the fiction of the day. The book also contains detailed analysis of the substantial body of writing by nineteenth-century physicians which exists about this disease, and examines the complex relationship between medical 'fact' and literary fiction.
Carroll, Joseph. Reading Human Nature: Literary Darwinism in Theory and Practice. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011. 336 p US $75.00 ISBN-10: 1-4384-3523-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-4384-3523-7
"Analytical and empirical, this diverse body of analyses reaffirms central humanist ideas, including individual identity, authorial intentions, and reference to the outside world. Literary scholars, critics, and theorists." - Peter Swirski.
Colligan, Colette, & Linley, Margaret, ed. Media, Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 316 p. US $104.95 ISBN-10: 1-4094-3113-4 ISBN-13: 978-1-4094-3113-8
Covers a wide range of topics on the development of print culture for the visually impaired; the relationship between photography and narrative; the kaleidoscope and modern urban experience; Christmas gift books; poetry, painting and music as remediated forms; the interface among the piano, telegraph, and typewriter.
Daly, Suzanne. The Empire Inside: Indian Commodities in Victorian Domestic Novels. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011. 176 p US $25.95 ISBN-10: 0-472-05134-2 ISBN-13: 978-0-472-05134-2
"'The Empire Inside' is unique in its tight focus on the objects from one geographical location, and their deployment in one genre of fiction." - Elaine Freedgood, New York University.
Demetriou, Kyriakos. Studies on the Reception of Plato and Greek Political Thought in Victorian Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 294 p US $144.95 ISBN-10: 1-4094-2051-5 ISBN-13: 978-1-4094-2051-4
This collection of essays presents comprehensive and illuminating contextual analyses of nineteenth-century works on classical reception, providing simultaneously a rich bibliographic guide to further research.
Dever, Carolyn, & Niles, Lisa, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 256 p US $31.99 ISBN-10: 0-521-71395-1 ISBN-13: 978-0-521-71395-5
This Companion provides a state-of-the-field review of critical perspectives on his work, with the volume's sixteen essays addressing Trollope's biography, autobiography, canonical fiction, short stories and travel writing, as well as surveying diverse topics including gender, sexuality, vulgarity, and the law.
Endelman, Todd M. Broadening Jewish History: Towards a Social History of Ordinary Jews. Oxford & Portland, OR: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2011. 392 p US $64.50 ISBN-10: 1-904113-01-X ISBN-13: 978-1-904113-01-0
In its wide-ranging analysis of trends in recent historical writing and its treatment of key themes and issues, this book is essential reading for professional historians, students, and indeed all those with an interest in Jewish history.
Godfrey, Emelyne. Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 216 p US $125.00 ISBN-10: 0-230-27345-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-230-27345-0
Every aspect of crime writing, detective fiction, gangster movie, true-crime exposé, police procedural and post-colonial investigation is explored through clear and informative texts offering comprehensive coverage and theoretical sophistication.
Hesketh, Ian. The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak. London : Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2011. 256 p ISBN-10: 1-84893-127-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-84893-127-5
This study examines parallels between the professionalization of both history and science at the time, which have previously been overlooked. . . . Hesketh draws on a variety of sources - monographs, lectures, correspondence - from eminent Victorian historians to uncover numerous competing discourses.
Horne, Jackie C. History and the Construction of the Child in Early British Children's Literature. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 298 p US $99.95 ISBN-10: 1-4094-0789-6 ISBN-13: 978-1-4094-0789-8
"This is a fascinating study that rescues some marvellous books from undeserved obscurity and subjects them to perceptive and stimulating analysis. It will force scholars of both children's literature and the history of education to reconsider their view of this too often neglected period". - M. O. Grenby, Newcastle University.
Gordon, John. Sensation and Sublimation in Charles Dickens. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 240 p US $85.00 ISBN-10: 0-230-11088-6 ISBN-13: 978-0-230-11088-5
Explores "three crucial stages in Dickens' ongoing voyage of discovery into what has been called the 'hidden springs' of his fiction." Gordon argues that in Oliver Twist, Dombey and Son, and Bleak House, Dickens responded to "some identifiable force represented as coming from underneath the ground plan (plot, character interaction, development of themes, stylistic effects) of the book in question."
Lawrence, Paul, ed. The New Police in the Nineteenth Century. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 544 p US $275.00 ISBN-10: 0-7546-2945-7 ISBN-13: 978-0-7546-2945-0
The articles collected in this volume (written by some of the foremost criminal justice historians) show a process which, while cumulatively dramatic, was also at times protracted and acrimonious.
Lutz, Deborah. Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism. New York: Norton, 2011. 320 p US $27.95 ISBN-10: 0-393-06832-3 ISBN-13: 978-0-393-06832-0
Deborah Lutz takes us beyond the eyebrow-raising practices of . . . sex rebels, showing us how their work uncovered troubles that ran beneath the surface of the larger social fabric.
Moore, Grace, ed. Pirates and Mutineers of the Nineteenth Century: Swashbucklers and Swindlers. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 314 p. US $109.95 ISBN: 978-0-7546-6433-8
"Teeming with fresh perspectives and original insights, this is a treasure chest of essays on literature's pirates". - John Peck.
Morris, Ruth. Mary Elizabeth Braddon and the Jewish Question: A Victorian English Novelist and the Worlds of Anglo-Jewry, Zionism and Judaism, 1859-1913. Bethesda, MD: Academica Press, 2011. 264 p US $79.95 ISBN-10: 1-936320-13-4 ISBN-13: 978-1-936320-13-4
This book investigates the representation of Jewish characters in 70 of the proflic and wildly popular Mrs. Braddon's novels.
Murphy, James H. Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 344 p US $110.00 ISBN-10: 0-19-959699-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-19-959699-7
This book engages with the critical debate of recent times concerning the supposed failure of realism in the nineteenth-century Irish novel, looking for more specific causes than have hitherto been offered and discovering occasions on which realism turned out to be possible.
Page, Judith W. & Smith, Elise Lawton. Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England's Disciples of Flora,1780-1870. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 338 p. US $90.00 ISBN-10: 0-521-76865-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-521-76865-8
Combining an analysis of literature and art, this book contends that the 'domesticated landscape' is key to understanding women's complex negotiation of private and public life in a period of revolution and transition.
Palmer, Beth. Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture: Sensational Strategies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 256 p US $110.00 ISBN-10: 0-19-959911-4 ISBN-13: 978-0-19-959911-0
This book examines Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ellen Wood, and Florence Marryat's magazines ("Belgravia," "Argosy," and "London Society" respectively) alongside their sensation fiction to explore the mutually influential strategies of authorship and editorship.
Palmer, Beth, & Buckland, Adelene, ed. A Return to the Common Reader: Print Culture and the Novel, 1850-1900. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 206 p US $99.95 ISBN-10: 1-4094-0027-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-4094-0027-1
"The essays in this volume powerfully document the significance of books and print across time, space and genre in the Victorian era . . . . A pleasure to read, informative and enlightening, it will prove indispensable in shaping future directions in reading history studies." - David Finkelstein, Queen Margaret University.
Saunders, Robert. Democracy and the Vote in British Politics, 1848-1867: The Making of the Second Reform Act. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 312 p US $124.95 ISBN-10: 1-4094-1794-8 ISBN-13: 978-1-4094-1794-1
"Saunders provides yet another reminder that this so-called "age of equipoise" . . . .This is an excellent book, an enjoyable read, and an important contribution to the political history of Victorian Britain." - David Brown, University of Strathclyde.
Sinclair, Georgina, ed. Globalising British Policing. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 472 p US $225.00 ISBN-10: 0-7546-2955-4 ISBN-13: 978-0-7546-2955-9 Demonstrates how the policing system in place in Britain today has emerged from an historical overlap of two broad policing models: a civil (English) and a semi-military (colonial) tradition.
Storey, Neil. The Victorian Criminal. Oxford: Shire Publications, 2011. 64 p US $12.95 ISBN-10: 0-7478-0814-7 ISBN-13: 978-0-7478-0814-5
Countless novels, plays and films are testament to an enduring fascination with the dark aspects of the time and place that gave us Sherlock Holmes, Wilkie Collins and the great works of Charles Dickens.
Tait, Jennifer L. Woodruff. The Poisoned Chalice: Eucharistic Grape Juice and Common-Sense Realism in Victorian Methodism. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011. 208 p US $38.50 ISBN-10: 0-8173-1719-8 ISBN-13: 978-0-8173-1719-5
Through study of denominational publications, influential exegetical works, popular fiction and songs, and didactic moral literature, Jennifer Woodruff Tait charts the development of opposing symbolic associations for wine and grape juice.
Tredennick, Bianca, ed. Victorian Transformations: Genre, Nationalism and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 214 p US $99.95 ISBN-10: 1-4094-1188-5 ISBN-13: 978-1-4094-1188-8
"Each contributor fuses a detailed alertness to social, political and historical contexts with an eloquent stress on a model of close reading that recognizes - and respects - the challenges of unscrambling the ideological and the aesthetic in representation. Highly recommended." - Andrew Radford, University of York.
Van Remoortel, Marianne. Lives of the Sonnet, 1787-1895: Genre, Gender and Criticism. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 216 p. US $99.95 ISBN: 978-0-7546-6934-0
In a series of representative case studies, Marianne Van Remoortel traces the development of the sonnet during intense moments of change and stability, continuity and conflict, from the early Romantic period to the end of the nineteenth century.
Winter, Sarah. The Pleasures of Memory: Learning to Read With Charles Dickens. New York: Fordham UP, 2011. 448 p US $42.00 ISBN-10: 0-8232-3354-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-8232-3354-0
"Winter shows how Dickens installed his works, his memories, his authorial presence, and perhaps most influentially, his method of publication - seriality itself - at the center of our collective modern consciousness." - Audrey Jaffe, University of Toronto.