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Victorian Literature (York Notes Companions) [Paperback]

Dr Beth Palmer
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14 Jun 2010 1408204819 978-1408204818 1

An accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the era, this companion explores influential dramatic works by Ibsen, Shaw and Wilde; the poetry of mourning; novelistic genres, including social problem novels and sensation fiction; and the literature of the fin de siècle’s aesthetes and decadents. Cultural and historical debates – focussing on empire, national identity, science and evolution, print culture and gender – supply essential context alongside discussion of relevant critical theory.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (14 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408204819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408204818
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 14.3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The book was well written and flowed neatly, linking ideas and works by different authors, and as ever quotations help to outline different points... The book was very useful, particularly its extended commentary on Dorian Gray"

- Kimberley Simpson, English Student Warwick University

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The York Notes Companion to Victorian Literature explores the drama, poetry and prose of an age of great innovation, than engaged with debates about empire, science and evolution, print culture, and gender. Examining classic texts such as Gaskell’s North and South and Tennyson’s In Memoriam, alongside lesser known works from the genre of sensation fiction and the fin de siècle, the Companion explores examples from a range of genres in detailed commentaries, and guides students through key literary theories and debates. Connecting texts with their historical and scholarly contexts, this is essential reading for any student of Victorian literature. 


Each York Notes Companion provides:

  • Analysis  of key texts and debates  
  • Extended  commentaries for further in-depth analysis of individual texts  
  • Exploration  of historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Annotations clarifying literary terms and events in history
  • Modern  theoretical perspectives in practice  
  • Timelines  and annotated further reading

Beth Palmer is a Teaching Fellow in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and brilliant 3 July 2014
By Alex S
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I've bought this book for my AS level English Literature course (even though it's made for undergraduate study) in order to improve my grade and it's very detailed while remaining compact and easy to carry around. Several texts are covered and it's perfect for a degree or just wider reading for an A level course to boost the grade. It's not suitable for a GCSE though - it's probably too advanced and GCSE English Literature covers set texts, and does not require wider reading.
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Bought this book for my daughter to assist her in her A-level English prep, very pleased with this transaction, book delivered in perfect condition and in good time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Student review 14 Jan 2012
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Here I would make the same criticism that I did for the Romantic Companion; that the sections should be divided up differently: e.g. Part Three: Victorian Poetry- Memory and Mourning; Part Four: The Condition of England Novel, and so on, as I think that Texts, Writers and Contexts is quite a large overwhelming section to have to flick through in order to find what you are searching for.

I also think that the book could be more evenly divided into topics areas of: poetry, the novel, different types of fiction, drama/satire, as I feel that although the coverage of different types of Victorian novel is very useful, this seems to dominate the companion, and I study far more poets than those covered.

The book was well written and flowed neatly, linking ideas and works by different authors, and as ever quotations help to outline different points.

The book was very useful, particularly its extended commentary on Dorian Gray, though again having an extended commentary on a work by each author discussed would be more helpful.

I really liked the cover of this book as the image of the train really sums up the new world of Industrial Revolution and the changing environment in England as a result. The font size could again be slightly smaller, though one of the great things about the Companions is that you aren't just reading yet another critical essay in tiny font.
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