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15 Mar 2001 Nineteenth Century Novel
The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Identities provides an ideal starting point for understanding gender in the novels of this period. It explores the place of fiction in constructing gender identity within society at large, considering Madame Bovary, Portrait of a Lady and The Woman in White. The book continues with a consideration of the novel at the fin de siecle, examining Dracula, The Awakening and Heart of Darkness.
These fascinating essays illuminate the ways in which the conventions of realism were disrupted as much by anxieties surrounding colonialism, decadence, degeneration and the 'New Woman' as by those new ideas about human psychology which heralded the advent of psychoanalysis.
The concepts which are crucial to the understanding of the literature and society of the nineteenth century are brilliantly explained and discussed in this essential volume.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (15 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415238277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415238274
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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On 14 November 1850, the twenty-nine-year-old Gustave Flaubert wrote to his close friend Louis Bouilhet that he was planning to write a novel about 'a young girl who dies a virgin and mystic after living with her father and mother in a small provincial town' (Flaubert, 1980, p.130). Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warning for OU A316 students 22 Aug 2010
By Mrs T
This is a very good book for anyone interested in getting more out of reading the great nineteenth century classics. However if you are planning to do the OU course A316, be aware that it is the course text provided for that course along with the partner book on 'Realies' so don't buy. You only need to buy the 'Critical Reader' in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nineteenth Century Novel: Identities 23 May 2012
I'm studying AA316 with the Open University and received this book as part of the course material along with The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Realisms. This book relates to the second part of the module whereas the Realisms book covers the first half.

This book looks at Madame Bovary, The Woman in White, The Portrait of a Lady, Dracula, The Awakening and Heart of Darkness. It also has a chapter on Henry James's 'The art of fiction', an essay he wrote in 1884 and you can read a full copy of this online. There are two chapters continuing Realisms's chapters on 'Books and their readers'.

As you might expect, the majority of the book covers the novels listed above. They are looked at in terms of technique, themes, it historically places them, and explores the influences upon the authors. It refers to critics in The Nineteenth-Century Novel: A Critical Reader (I have a review on there that shows who the critics are) and to, typically, the Oxford Classics version of the texts. If you are taking the OU course do not sway from the booklist on the website for Madame Bovary as its a specific translation that is studied and you are expected to write about.

'Books and their readers' covers the points of selling publications to target audiences, libraries in C19, various printing techniques (quite detailed across the two chapters), illustrations, C19 technology and overseas distribution and publishing networks.

It's a pretty decent book for a university book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow 20 July 2003
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i hav never read a book that was so ecstisive,and researched so well,i hav to say one of the best novels ive ever read!
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