The Victorian Novel of Adulthood: Plot and Purgatory in Fictions of Maturity

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In The Victorian Novel of Adulthood, Rebecca Rainof confronts the conventional deference accorded the bildungsroman as the ultimate plot model and quintessential expression of Victorian nation building. The novel of maturity, she contends, is no less important to our understanding of narrative, Victorian culture, and the possibilities of fiction. Reading works by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry James, John Henry Newman, and Virginia Woolf, Rainof exposes the little-discussed theological underpinnings of plot and ...

The Victorian Novel of Adulthood: Plot and Purgatory in Fictions of Maturity 2015, Ohio University Press, Athens

ISBN-13: 9780821421789

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