By Francis O'Gorman
This quantity provides clean ways to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830-1900. Opens up for the reader the cultural global during which the Victorian novel was once written and skim. Crosses conventional disciplinary limitations. offers clean views on how Victorian fiction pertains to diverse contexts, equivalent to category, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislations and biology.
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57: 679). As in that initial passage, in this sentence a Dombey and a Briton seems to stand at the center of not only the world but also the universe. Waves whisper to Florence, and what they whisper of is, like Dombey’s vision of his importance, ‘not bounded by the confines of this world, or by the end of time’. The crucial change, however, is that not ‘trade’ but ‘love’ constitutes the center around which all else revolves – love ‘eternal and illimitable’: the love Florence bears for Walter Gay, her husband, and most especially the love she bears for her brother Paul, who, now dead, resides in that ‘invisible country far away’.
It is to explore a whole range of issues of representation and perception, and to ask – in the words of an article by the polymath George Lewes, whose own work on physiology, psychology, and philosophy touched on many of these themes, whether ‘seeing is believing’ (Lewes 1860). Pictorial realization, Martin Meisel has argued, was the dominant cultural idiom of the Victorian period, whether in fiction, drama, or in painting itself, ‘and realization is central to the persistent pressure toward writing a concrete particularity with inward signification, the materiality of things with moral and emotional force, historical fact with figural truth, the mimetic with the ideal’ (Meisel 1983: 36).
In Oroonoko and Robinson Crusoe, first-person narrators purport to tell of their experiences abroad, away from the English land of their birth. In this, too, these novels can be considered representative, for the novel as a genre tends to incorporate other genres into itself, borrowing from forms of writing like the newspaper, the letter, and the diary. Such an encyclopedic or parasitic tendency might be described as figuratively imperialist as well. Said proposes as much when he writes in Culture and Imperialism: ‘Without empire .
A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel (Concise Companions to Literature and Culture) by Francis O'Gorman