Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction

Offers a deep history of style in theory and practice that transforms our understanding of style in the novel.

Author: Matthew Sussman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108832946

Category: History

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Offers a deep history of style in theory and practice that transforms our understanding of style in the novel.

Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction

Form, Ethics, and the Novel Matthew Sussman. At the same time, stylistic virtue remains an ethical category insofar as, within the framework of virtue theory, the aesthetic realization of character constitutes a substantive moral good.

Author: Matthew Sussman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108967242

Category: Literary Criticism

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What is style, and why does it matter? This book answers these questions by recovering the concept of 'stylistic virtue,' once foundational to rhetoric and aesthetics but largely forgotten today. Stylistic virtues like 'ease' and 'grace' are distinguishing properties that help realize a text's essential character. First described by Aristotle, they were integral to the development of formalist methods and modern literary criticism. The first half of the book excavates the theory of stylistic virtue during its period of greatest ascendance, in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when belletristic rhetoric shaped how the art of literary style and 'the aesthetic' were understood. The second half offers new readings of Thackeray, Trollope, and Meredith to show how stylistic virtue changes our understanding of style in the novel and challenges conventional approaches to interpreting the ethics of art.

Stylistic Virtue in Nineteenth Century Fiction

Rather than focus on the novel's action, characters, or themes, these "stylistic virtues" ascribe moral significance to "literariness" itself.

Author: Matthew Benjamin Sussman

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To many readers, the Victorian novel is synonymous with moral insight and Victorian criticism with moral philistinism. While the novel remains celebrated for its complex treatment of decision-making and sympathy, the evaluative judgments of Victorian critics have been dismissed as thematically reductive and imprecise. However, this study argues that the virtue terms that pervade Victorian discourse--words like "natural," "manly," "lucid," and "sincere"--invest sentence-level stylistic properties with ethical value because they embody aesthetic character. Rather than focus on the novel's action, characters, or themes, these "stylistic virtues" ascribe moral significance to "literariness" itself.

On Style in Victorian Fiction

He is the author of essays on Anthony Trollope, Henry James, and Victorian criticism, as well as Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction: Form, Ethics, and the Novel, which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. david trotter is ...

Author: Daniel Tyler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108427517

Category: Literary Criticism

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Demonstrates the importance of attending to literary style in Victorian novels and provides exemplary readings of major novelists.

Vagrancy in the Victorian Age

The Divine in the Commonplace: Recent Natural Histories and the Novel in Britain AMy kING, St John's University, ... Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction: Form, Ethics and the Novel MAttHEw SUSSMAN, The University of Sydney 131.

Author: Alistair Robinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781009022392

Category: Literary Criticism

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Vagrants were everywhere in Victorian culture. They wandered through novels and newspapers, photographs, poems and periodicals, oil paintings and illustrations. They appeared in a variety of forms in a variety of places: Gypsies and hawkers tramped the country, casual paupers and loafers lingered in the city, and vagabonds and beachcombers roved the colonial frontiers. Uncovering the rich Victorian taxonomy of nineteenth-century vagrancy for the first time, this interdisciplinary study examines how assumptions about class, gender, race and environment shaped a series of distinct vagrant types. At the same time it broaches new ground by demonstrating that rural and urban conceptions of vagrancy were repurposed in colonial contexts. Representational strategies circulated globally as well as locally, and were used to articulate shifting fantasies and anxieties about mobility, poverty and homelessness. These are traced through an extensive corpus of canonical, ephemeral and popular texts as well as a variety of visual forms.

Reimagining Dinosaurs in Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature

Plagiarizing the Victorian Novel Imitation, Parody, Aftertext adam abraham, Virginia Commonwealth University 119. ... Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction Form, Ethics and the Novel matthew sussman, University of Sydney 131.

Author: Richard Fallon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108834001

Category: Literary Criticism

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Reimagining Dinosaurs argues that transatlantic popular literature was critical for transforming the dinosaur into a cultural icon between 1880 and 1920

Decadent Ecology in British Literature and Art 1860 1910

Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction: Form, Ethics and the Novel matthew sussman, The University of Sydney 131. Scottish Women's Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: The Romance of Everyday Life juliet shields, University of ...

Author: Dennis Denisoff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108998345

Category: Literary Criticism

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Casting fresh light on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British art, literature, ecological science and paganism, Decadent Ecology reveals the pervasive influence of decadence and paganism on modern understandings of nature and the environment, queer and feminist politics, national identities, and changing social hierarchies. Combining scholarship in the environmental humanities with aesthetic and literary theory, this interdisciplinary study digs into works by Simeon Solomon, Algernon Swinburne, Walter Pater, Robert Louis Stevenson, Vernon Lee, Michael Field, Arthur Machen and others to address trans-temporal, trans-species intimacy; the vagabondage of place; the erotics of decomposition; occult ecology; decadent feminism; and neo-paganism. Decadent Ecology reveals the mutually influential relationship of art and science during the formulation of modern ecological, environmental, evolutionary and trans-national discourses, while also highlighting the dissident dynamism of new and recuperative pagan spiritualities - primarily Celtic, Nordic-Germanic, Greco-Roman and Egyptian - in the framing of personal, social and national identities.

Visual Culture and Arctic Voyages

Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction: Form, Ethics and the Novel matthew sussman, The University of Sydney 131. Scottish Women's Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: The Romance of Everyday Life juliet shields, University of ...

Author: Eavan O'Dochartaigh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108834339

Category: Literary Criticism

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Uncovering a wealth of archival information, Eavan O'Dochartaigh gives fresh and surprising insight into the Victorian image of the Arctic.

Music and the Queer Body in English Literature at the Fin de Si cle

Autobiography, Sensation, and the Commodification of Identity in Victorian Narrative: Life upon the Exchange SEAN GRASS, ... Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction: Form, Ethics and the Novel MATTHEw SUSSMAN, University of Sydney 131.

Author: Fraser Riddell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108996334

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Drawing on an ambitious range of interdisciplinary material, including literature, musical treatises and theoretical texts, Music and the Queer Body explores the central place music held for emergent queer identities in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Canonical writers such as Walter Pater, E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf are discussed alongside lesser-known figures such as John Addington Symonds, Vernon Lee and Arthur Symons. Engaging with a number of historical case studies, Fraser Riddell pays particular attention to the significance of embodiment in queer musical subcultures and draws on contemporary queer theory and phenomenology to show how writers associate music with shameful, masochistic and anti-humanist subject positions. Ultimately, this study reveals how literary texts at the fin de siècle invest music with queer agency: to challenge or refuse essentialist identities, to facilitate re-conceptions of embodied subjectivity, and to present alternative sensory experiences of space and time. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

The Guide to Supernatural Fiction

Such stylistic virtues as the French text has ... A Gothic novel derivative from Horace Walpole's THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO , embodying a conscious attempt to restrain Walpole's ... Editor of the KEEPSAKE , one of better Victorian annuals .

Author: Everett Franklin Bleiler

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ISBN: UOM:39015005373579

Category: Literary Criticism

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