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The mysteries of Paris and London

Author: Richard Maxwell
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1992.
Series: Victorian literature and culture series.
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In this ambitious and exciting work Richard Maxwell uses nineteenth-century urban fiction--particularly the novels of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens--to define a genre, the novel of urban mysteries. His title comes from the "mystery mania" that captured both sides of the channel with the runaway success of Eugene Sue's Les mysteres de Paris and G.W.M. Reynold's Mysteries of London. Richard Maxwell argues that  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Mystery fiction
Named Person: Charles Dickens; Victor Hugo; Charles Dickens; Victor Hugo; Charles Dickens; Victor Hugo; Adèle Hugo; Victor Hugo; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Maxwell
ISBN: 0813913411 9780813913414
OCLC Number: 24546231
Description: xx, 415 pages : 23 illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Allegory and city life --
The labyrinths of Notre-Dame --
Ainsworth's Revelations : failed narrative --
Knotting the maze in Oliver Twist --
Creating the crowd in The old curiosity shop --
Repeating the singular in Martin Chuzzlewit --
The hunchback of Saint Dunstan-in-the-West : failed heroism --
Mystery and revelation in Bleak House --
Mystery and revelation in Les misérables --
Meryon's hybrid monster : failed knowledge --
Dickens's Arabian nights --
Dickens's omniscience --
The city and the cosmos, or, digging your own grave.
Series Title: Victorian literature and culture series.
Responsibility: Richard Maxwell.


This study uses 19th-century urban fiction - in particular the novels of Hugo and Dickens - to define a genre: the novel of urban mysteries. He argues that within these extravagant but fact-obsessed  Read more...


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