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French novels and the Victorians

Author: Juliette Atkinson
Publisher: Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2017.
Series: British Academy monograph.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1836, John Wilson Croker, having immersed himself in dozens of contemporary French novels, warned his readers that 'she who dares to read a single page of the hundred thousand licentious pages with which the last five years have indundated society, is lost for ever.' It has become common to build an opposition between the attitudes towards fiction held in prudish Victorian England and permissive 19th-century  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juliette Atkinson
ISBN: 9780197266090 0197266096
OCLC Number: 969982226
Notes: Published for the British academy.
Description: x, 426 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I Disseminating French novels --
1. Obtaining French novels --
2. Literary networks --
pt. II The dangers of French novels --
3. The immorality of French novels --
4. Fictional readers --
pt. III National literary identities --
5. Literary influence --
6. Cultural competition.
Series Title: British Academy monograph.
Responsibility: by Juliette Atkinson.

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Despite the warnings of critics and moral leaders, French novels were widespread in Victorian culture. How did Victorian readers gain access to them? How were the novels' supposed immorality debated  Read more...

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This book serves as a welcome antidote to the much-rehearsed cliche of a monolithic Victorian readership univocally castigating the wicked fiction of their nearest continental neighbours * Elisabeth Read more...

 
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