Format: Library Binding
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr (March 1999)
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"Timely, scrupulously researched, completely enlightening, and progressively readable...Here is a e-book approximately readers that's certainly for readers...Brantlinger catches once more the heartbeat of modern Victorian studies...A paintings of agenda-setting ancient scholarship." - Garrett Stewart, collage of Iowa. worry of the unconventional stalks the pages of Patrick Brantlinger's most up-to-date publication. Its principal plot comprises the various ways that novels and novel examining have been considered - specially by way of novelists themselves - as either motives and signs of rotting minds and ethical decay between 19th century readers. the terror of mass literacy is a well-recognized subject matter in histories of the interval. The guardians of heart type tradition have been alarmed through the mass literacy that introduced with it a mass customer marketplace for such renowned, supposedly low types as Gothic romances, penny dreadfuls, and Newgate crime tales. Nor have been their greater priced and better forehead cousins, the three-decker novels, immune from problem: after Zola, "serious" practical novels have been now not considered a palliative for the excesses of romance and crime fiction. Brantlinger demonstrates how those attitudes have been shared in a number of methods by means of Thackeray, Dickens, Trollope, Collins, Gissing, Stevenson, and others, who echoed the suspicion in their audiences concerning the detrimental results of examining. Brantlinger units the scene with discussions of the Gothic romance and different "poisonous fictions" and of the anxieties approximately democracy and the mob in the course of and after the French Revolution. between different examples, he analyzes M. G. Lewis's "The Monk", William Godwin's "Caleb Williams", and the fantastic literacy of the monster in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein". He then explores good vs. felony interpreting in Dickens's "Oliver Twist" and Henry Mayhew's "London Labour and the London Poor"; representations of the operating classification in novels through Harriet Martineau, Charles Kingsley, George Eliot, and Charlotte and Emily Bronte; counterfeit cash as a metaphor for realism and the unconventional within the lifelike novels of Thackeray and Trollope; and the "moral panic" as a result of the feeling Novels of the 1860s. He closes with reviews of the clash among first rate and mass or low tradition performed out in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and George Gissing's "New Grub highway" and of "overbooked vs. bookless futures" in William Morris's "News From Nowhere" and H.G. Wells's "The Time Machine".