By Francis O'Gorman
This quantity provides clean ways to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830 to 1900. such as a sequence of unique essays written via in demand experts within the box, it opens up the cultural international during which the Victorian novel was once written and skim. The 12 individuals offer new views on how Victorian fiction pertains to more than a few very important modern contexts, together with category, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislation, visible tradition, biology and the stipulations of authorship. Their contributions go conventional disciplinary limitations, allowing readers to appreciate the Victorian novel’s advanced engagements with various points of nineteenth-century society.
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As Franklin Blake exclaims about a country estate: ‘When I came here from London with that horrible Diamond . . I don’t believe there was a happier household in England than this. Look at the household now! ’ (First Period, ch. 23: 188). A synecdoche for all imperial commodities, the Moonstone’s overwhelming beauty is matched only by the overwhelming disturbance of English domestic life to which it gives rise. The diamond in The Moonstone reflects the function of empire in the production of wealth.
6 Empire in the Victorian Novel Two of the most popular candidates for the probably dubious title of ‘first novel in English’ were published around the turn of the seventeenth century: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko appeared in 1688, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe in 1719. In his influential account of The Rise of the Novel (1957), Ian Watt contends that the birth of the novel at this time coincided with the birth of a new economic system, capitalism, as well as a new understanding of the place of individuals in society – or, more precisely, a new understanding of humans as ‘individuals’.
Troops occupy Costaguana; no foreign rulers are installed to govern the new nation of Sulaco; no land is seized for the purposes of settling immigrants. Nonetheless, it is fair to speak of Nostromo as a text about a certain kind of imperialism. John Gallagher and Ronald Robinson (1953) term it ‘the imperialism of free trade’, 13 Cannon Schmitt D. C. M. Platt (1977) calls it ‘business imperialism’: a subtle attenuation of local self-determination involving external control over loans, monopolization of infrastructural development, and application of political pressure in the service of economic gain – or, in Conrad’s phrase, ‘material interests’.
A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel by Francis O'Gorman