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Worlds Enough: The Invention of Realism in the Victorian Novel

Elaine Freedgood


Now praised for its realism and formal coherence, the Victorian novel was not always great, or even good, in the eyes of its critics. As this book reveals, it was only in the late 1970s that literary critics constructed a prestigious version of British realism, erasing more than a century of controversy about the value of Victorian fiction. Examining criticism of Victorian novels since the 1850s, this book demonstrates that while they were praised for their ability to bring certain social truths to fictional life, these novels were also criticized for their formal failures and compared unfavor ... More

Keywords: Victorian fiction, Victorian novel, British realism, aesthetic racism, realist novel, realism, denotation, omniscience, paratext, ontology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691193304
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691193304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Freedgood, author
New York University