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Published: 13 October 2011

240 Pages | 31 illustrations


ISBN: 9780195398045

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Novel Craft

Victorian Domestic Handicraft and Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Talia Schaffer

  • Provides a new lens through which to view Victorian literature with regard to economic history and material culture
  • Offers fresh readings of canonical novels by Gaskell and Dickens while recovering two little-known works by Charlotte Yonge and Margaret Oliphant
  • Features over thirty illustrations that demonstrate various types of craft culture—taxidermy, junkyard salvage, preserved horticulture, knitting—that are key to the novels under discussion
  • Concludes with a postscript that reveals the legacy of the nineteenth-century handicraft in twenty-first-society