Plotting the News in the Victorian Novel

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This book shows that novelists often responded to newspapers by reworking well-known events covered by Victorian newspapers in their fictions. Each chapter addresses a different narrative modality and its relationship to the news: Charles Dickens interrogates the distinctions between fictional and journalistic storytelling, while Anthony Trollope explores novelistic bildung in serial form; the sensation novels of Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon locate melodrama in realist discourses, whereas Anglo-Jewish writer Israel Zangwill represents a hybrid minority experience. At the core of these metaphors and narrative forms is a theorisation of the newspaper’s influence on society.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9781474474368, 9781474474375
ISBN (Print)9781474474344, 9781474474351
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Literature
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


  • form
  • nation
  • news
  • novel
  • realism
  • Victorian

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