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Routledge Research is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Ranging in scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Research titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Our publishing program in Literature research has grown rapidly in recent years, and we are pleased to be offering books ranging from Medieval to Contemporary literature, and covering topics such as Postcolonial Literature, Children’s Literature, Atlantics Studies, American Studies, and Travel Writing.

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Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

  1. Antebellum American Women Writers and the Road

    American Mobilities

    By Susan L. Roberson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    A study of American women’s narratives of mobility and travel, this book examines how geographic movement opened up other movements or mobilities for antebellum women at a time of great national expansion. Concerned with issues of personal and national identity, the study demonstrates how women not...

    Published October 27th 2010 by Routledge

  2. Christian and Lyric Tradition in Victorian Women’s Poetry

    By F. Elizabeth Gray

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    Women in the Victorian period were acknowledged to be the "religious sex," but their relationship to the doctrines, practices, and hierarchies of Christianity was both highly circumscribed, which has been well documented, and complexly creative, which has not. Gray visits the importance of the...

    Published August 18th 2009 by Routledge

  3. Class, Culture and Suburban Anxieties in the Victorian Era

    By Lara Baker Whelan

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    This book demonstrates how representations of the Victorian suburb in mid- to late-nineteenth century British writing occasioned a literary sub-genre unique to this period, one that attempted to reassure readers that the suburb was a place where outsiders could be controlled and where middle-class...

    Published November 3rd 2009 by Routledge

  4. Domesticity and Design in American Women’s Lives and Literature

    Stowe, Alcott, Cather, and Wharton Writing Home

    By Caroline Hellman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    Domesticity and Design in American Women’s Lives and Literature explores the ways in which four American women writers from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century inhabited domestic space and portrayed it in their work. Hellman explores independent female authors who had intriguing and...

    Published June 6th 2011 by Routledge

  5. A Female Poetics of Empire

    From Eliot to Woolf

    By Julia Kuehn

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    Many well-known male writers produced fictions about colonial spaces and discussed the advantages of realism over romance, and vice versa, in the ‘art of fiction’ debate of the 1880s; but how did female writers contribute to colonial fiction? This volume links fictional, non-fictional and...

    Published October 23rd 2013 by Routledge

  6. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging in Nineteenth-Century Culture

    Edited by Anne-Julia Zwierlein, Katharina Boehm, Anna Farkas

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    This essay collection develops new perspectives on constructions of old age in literary, legal, scientific and periodical cultures of the nineteenth century. Rigorously interdisciplinary, the book places leading researchers of old age in nineteenth-century literature in dialogue with experts from...

    Published August 26th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Narrative Hospitality in Late Victorian Fiction

    Novel Ethics

    By Rachel Hollander

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    Bringing together poststructuralist ethical theory with late Victorian debates about the morality of literature, this book reconsiders the ways in which novels engender an ethical orientation or response in their readers, explaining how the intersections of nation, family, and form in the late...

    Published December 18th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture

    Immersions and Revisitations

    Edited by Nadine Boehm-Schnitker, Susanne Gruss

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    This book provides a comprehensive reflection of the processes of canonization, (un)pleasurable consumption and the emerging predominance of topics and theoretical concerns in neo-Victorianism. The repetitions and reiterations of the Victorian in contemporary culture document an unbroken...

    Published May 22nd 2014 by Routledge

  9. Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Contagion

    'Our Feverish Contact'

    By Allan Conrad Christensen

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    This intriguing book examines the ways contagion - or disease - inform and shape a wide variety of nineteenth century texts and contexts. Christiensen dissects the cultural assumptions concerning disease, health, impurity and so on before exploring different perspectives on key themes such as...

    Published April 6th 2005 by Routledge

  10. Science and Religion in Neo-Victorian Novels

    Eye of the Ichthyosaur

    By John Glendening

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has expanded rapidly in the last fifteen years but given little attention to the engagement between science and religion. Of great interest to...

    Published March 27th 2013 by Routledge

  11. The Textual Condition of Nineteenth-Century Literature

    By Josephine Guy, Ian Small

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    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...

    Published December 21st 2011 by Routledge

  12. Victorian Servants, Class, and the Politics of Literacy

    By Jean Fernandez

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    In this volume, Fernandez brings the under-examined figure of the Victorian servant out of obscurity in order to tell the story of his or her encounter with literacy, as imagined and represented in nineteenth-century fiction, autobiography, pamphlets and diaries. A vast body of writing is uncovered...

    Published September 3rd 2009 by Routledge