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Gossip and Subversion in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

Echo's Economies

Authors: Gordon, J.

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Jan Gordon proposes that a reviled communicational 'interest' in gossip and its purveyors be given its proper due in the development of the novel in Britain. Commencing with Sir Walter Scott's historically persecuted (but economically and politically necessary) androgynous voices in caves and concluding with Oscar Wilde's premature celebration of gossip at the very moment it is transformed from public opinion to public judgment, the author finds gossip to be both deforming and shaping nineteenth century 'letters' in surprising ways. Like the ignominious orphan-figure of nineteenth-century fiction, gossip is the 'unacknowledged reproduction' searching for a political antecedence which might lend a legitimacy to its often discontinuous testimony, for a culture historically resistant to obtrusive voices.

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Jan B. Gordon

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • ‘The Persistence of the “Vocalic”’: Scott and the Early Strategies of Accommodation

    Pages 1-57

    Gordon, Jan B.

  • A-filiative Families and Subversive Reproduction: Gossip in Jane Austen

    Pages 58-96

    Gordon, Jan B.

  • Parlour’s Parler: ‘The Chatter of Tongues Within …’ Wuthering Heights

    Pages 97-154

    Gordon, Jan B.

  • ‘In All Manner of Places, All at Wunst’: Writing, Gossip and the State of Information in Bleak House

    Pages 155-236

    Gordon, Jan B.

  • ‘This Alarming Hearsay’: Public Opinion and the Crisis of the Liberal Imagination in Middlemarch

    Pages 237-294

    Gordon, Jan B.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gossip and Subversion in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
Book Subtitle
Echo's Economies
Authors
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-37694-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230376946
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-60782-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-16165-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 444
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