A Companion to the Victorian Novel by Kenneth Womack, William Baker

By Kenneth Womack, William Baker

Victorian novels stay vastly renowned this present day: a few stay made into movies, whereas authors reminiscent of Charles Dickens and George Eliot are firmly proven within the canon and taught in any respect degrees. those works have additionally attracted loads of severe awareness, with a lot present scholarship reading the unconventional when it comes to its old, political, and cultural contexts. This reference ebook is an introductory consultant to the Victorian novel, its historical past, and its legacy. every one bankruptcy is written via knowledgeable contributor and provides a clean account of previous, present, and new instructions in scholarship.

The quantity is split into numerous extensive sections, with chapters in each one part treating extra really good subject matters. the 1st part seems on the emergence of the Victorian novel and its literary precursors, with specific emphasis at the development of serialization and the advance of the radical of syndication. the second one explores major social and cultural elements of nineteenth-century British literature, whereas the 3rd discusses the crucial gains of alternative genres, similar to ghost tales, the Gothic, detective fiction, the social challenge novel, and modern movie variations. person authors are tested within the fourth part, whereas the 5th overviews quite a few severe methods and their program to nineteenth-century fiction.

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63 COLLAPSE IV Thacker – Nine Disputations Here the ‘plagues’ do include epidemic disease, but also rivers that turn into blood, swarms of insects, tempestual storms, and an eclipse. Another, more common reference among the Black Death chronicles is apocalyptic. 16 In all these instances we see this key element: a divine sovereign who, in the form of a judgment and/or punishment, sends down – or better, emanates – a form of miasmatic life that is indissociable from decay, decomposition, and death.

That some disasters are ‘natural’ while others are not implies a hypothetical line between the disaster that can be prevented (and thus controlled), and the disaster that cannot. The case of infectious diseases is similar, except that the agency or the activity of this ‘biological disaster’ courses through human beings themselves – within bodies, between bodies, and through the networks of global transit and exchange that form bodies politic. , the two-fold conceptual apparatus of ‘emerging infectious diseases’ (naturally-caused) and ‘biodefense’ (artificiallycaused) cloaks a generalized militarization of public health.

5. The Spirit of Biology The relationship between theology and horror in the West invites a number of superficial comparisons: in the Eucharist there is both cannibalism and vampirism; in the Jewish and Christian apocalyptic traditions the realization of the City of God always entails resurrection of the dead; and in numerous instances the New Testament portrays the various demons and demonic possessions that elicit the healing powers of the Messiah. Indeed, considering the extent to which genre horror deals with the themes of death, resurrection, and the divine and demonic, one could argue that genre horror is a secular, cultural expression of theological concerns.

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