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The Textual Condition of Nineteenth-Century Literature

By Josephine Guy, Ian Small

Routledge – 2012 – 202 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

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    978-0-415-80612-1
    December 21st 2011

Description

In this important new book, Guy and Small develop a new account of literary creativity in the late nineteenth century, one that combines concepts generated by text-theorists concerning the embodied nature of textuality with the empirical insights of text-editors and book historians. Through these developments, which the authors term the ‘textual turn,’ this study examines the textual condition of nineteenth-century literature. The authors explore works by Dickens, Wilde, Hardy, Yeats, Swinburne, FitzGerald, Pater, Arnold, Pinero and Shaw, connecting questions about what a work textually ‘is’ with questions about why we read it and how we value it. The study asks whether the textual turn places us in a stronger position to analyze the value of a nineteenth-century text—not for readers of the nineteenth century, but of the twenty-first. The authors argue that this issue of value is central to their discipline.

Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Novel 3. Non-Fictional Prose 4. Poetry 5. Drama 6. Conclusion

Author Bio

Josephine Guy is Professor of Modern Literature, University of Nottingham. Ian Small is Professor of English Literature, University of Birmingham.

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Description: By Josephine Guy, Ian Small. In this important new book, Guy and Small develop a new account of literary creativity in the late nineteenth century, one that combines concepts generated by text-theorists concerning the embodied nature of textuality with the empirical insights of...
Categories: 19th Century Literature, Literary History, Literary/Critical Theory