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Handbook of the English Novel, 1830–1900

By Martin Middeke,Monika Pietrzak-Franger
  • ISBN Code: : 3110394219
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
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  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Part I of this authoritative handbook offers systematic essays, which deal with major historical, social, philosophical, political, cultural and aesthetic contexts of the English novel between 1830 and 1900. The essays offer a wide scope of aspects such as the Industrial Revolution, religion and secularisation, science, technology, medicine, evolution or the increasing mediatisation of the lifeworld. Part II, then, leads through the work of more than 25 eminent Victorian novelists. Each of these chapters provides both historical and biographical contextualisation, overview, close reading and analysis. They also encourage further research as they look upon the work of the respective authors at issue from the perspectives of cultural and literary theory.

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First published in 1975, this book places Elizabeth Gaskell amongst the major novelists of the nineteenth-century. It considers how she has sometimes been overlooked, or admired for very few of her works, or for reasons that are not in fact central to her art. W. A. Craik looks at Gaskell’s full-length novels with three main purposes: to analyse her development as a novelist, her achievements, and the nature of her very original work; to see what she owes to earlier novelists, what she learns from them, and how far she is an innovator; and to put her in relation to those other novelists who write on similar themes with comparable aims. This book establishes Elizabeth Gaskelll’s excellence in comparison with her peers by demonstrating how far she extended the possibilities of the novel, both in materials and techniques.

The Philosophy of Art History (Routledge Revivals)

By Arnold Hauser
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134889860
  • Total of Pages : 429
  • Category : Philosophy
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First published in 1959, this book is concerned with the methodology of art history, and so with questions about historical thinking; it enquires what scientific history of art can accomplish, what are its mean and limitations? It contains philosophical reflections on history and begins with chapters on the scope and limitations of a sociology of art, and the concept of ideology in the history of art. The chapter on the concept of "art history without names" occupies the central position in the book — thoroughly discussing the basic philosophical outlook for the whole work. There are also further chapters on psychoanalysis, folk art and popular art. The chapter on the role of convention in the history of art points the way for further study.

Stephen Hero - A Part of the First Draft of a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

By James Joyce
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1473393019
  • Total of Pages : 243
  • Category : Art
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Stephen Hero is the early draft of 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' that James Joyce apparently threw into the fire after growing sick of it being rejected. It was saved from the flames and here it is printed in its original form after his death.