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Culture, Class and Gender in the Victorian Novel

Gentlemen, Gents and Working Women

Authors: Young, A.

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This book examines class and its representation in Victorian literature, focusing on the emergence of the lower middle class and middle-class responses to it. Arlene Young analyses portraits of white-collar workers, both men and women, who laboured under disparaging misperceptions of their values, abilities, and cultural significance, and shows how these misperceptions were both formulated and resisted. The analysis includes canonical texts like Dickens's Little Dorrit and Gissing's The Odd Women as well as less well-known works by Dinah Mulock Craik, Margaret Oliphant, Amy Levy, Grant Allen, H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, and May Sinclair.

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ARLENE YOUNG is Assistant Professor, Department of English at the University of Manitoba.

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'Arlene Young's acute and lively book could be subtitled 'The Gent's Revenge'. Her path-breaking study of nineteenth-century and early modern British writing shows how representations of the lower middle class, especially of men, sustained, tested, and altered the ideas of the dominant middle classes about themselves. Young's reading of Dickens and other novelists, some of whom she recalls from unwarranted neglect, demonstrates how literature works as both a register and an agent of social tensions and change.' - Donald Gray, editor, Victorian Studies


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-13

    Young, Arlene

  • ‘A Kind of a Sort of a Gentleman’: the Gentleman’s Progress from Sir Charles Grandison to John Halifax

    Pages 14-44

    Young, Arlene

  • The Literary Evolution of the Lower Middle Class: The Natural History of the Gent to Little Dorrit

    Pages 45-86

    Young, Arlene

  • Voices from the Margins: Dickens, Wells and Bennett

    Pages 87-118

    Young, Arlene

  • Bachelor Girls and Working Women: Women and Independence in Oliphant, Levy, Allen and Gissing

    Pages 119-156

    Young, Arlene

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eBook $129.00
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Hardcover $139.99
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Special Cover Type $170.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-312-22346-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Culture, Class and Gender in the Victorian Novel
Book Subtitle
Gentlemen, Gents and Working Women
Authors
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-37707-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230377073
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-74017-0
Special Cover Type ISBN
978-0-312-22346-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 227
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