Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

Nineteenth-Century Radical Traditions

Editors: Bristow, Joseph, McDonagh, Josephine (Eds.)

  • Edited by two world-class Victorian Studies scholars
  • Covers a range of canonical writers such as Dickens and George Eliot, alongside lesser known writers
  • Takes a timely look at nineteenth-century political activism and its legacies
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This book takes a fresh look at the progressive interventions of writers in the nineteenth century. From Cobbett to Dickens and George Eliot, and including a host of lesser known figures – popular novelists, poets, journalists, political activists – writers shared a commitment to exploring the potential of literature as a medium in which to imagine new and better worlds. The essays in this volume ask how we should understand these interventions and what are their legacies in the twentieth and twenty first centuries? Inspired by the work of the radical literary scholar, the late Sally Ledger, this volume provides a commentary on the political traditions that underpin the literature of this complex period, and examines the interpretive methods that are needed to understand them. This timely book contributes to our appreciation of the radical traditions that underpin our literary past.

About the authors

Joseph Bristow is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. His most recent book (coauthored with Rebecca N. Mitchell) is Oscar Wilde’s Chatterton: Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of Forgery (2015). He is completing a study of Oscar Wilde’s criminal trials.
Josephine McDonagh is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at King’s College London, UK. She is the author of monographs on the works of Thomas De Quincey and George Eliot, and a wide-ranging study entitled Child Murder in British Culture 1720-1900 (2003). She is currently completing a study of migration and nineteenth-century British literature.  

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“This terrifically readable collection of essays is an authoritative and imaginative intervention in contemporary debates about Victorian literature and culture. The book’s individual chapters are characterized by considerable narrative drive as well as scholarly depth, and its Introduction is both a moving tribute to its dedicatee Sally Ledger’s life and legacy and an engaged and engaging account of the trajectory of Victorian studies over the last couple of decades. Every Victorianist will want not only to consult the book but to read it closely.” (Matthew Beaumont, Department of English, University College London, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bristow, Joseph (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • No Laughing Matter: Chartism and the Limits of Satire

    Sanders, Mike

    Pages 21-35

  • ‘Their Deadly Longing’: Paternalism, the Past, and Perversion in Barnaby Rudge

    Winyard, Ben

    Pages 37-62

  • Frederick William Robinson, Charles Dickens, and the Literary Tradition of ‘Low Life’

    Schwan, Anne

    Pages 63-84

  • Remembering Radicalism on the Midlands Turnpike: George Eliot, Felix Holt, and William Cobbett

    Livesey, Ruth

    Pages 85-112

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59705-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nineteenth-Century Radical Traditions
Editors
  • Joseph Bristow
  • Josephine McDonagh
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59706-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59706-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59705-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 243
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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