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Published: 07 January 2016

272 Pages | 2 halftones


ISBN: 9780190250041

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Still Life

Suspended Development in the Victorian Novel

Elisha Cohn

  • Rethinks the nineteenth-century aesthetics of agency through the Victorian novel's fascination with states of reverie, trance, and sleep
  • Shows how Victorian writers used narrative form to respond to the analytical practices and knowledge production of those other disciplines
  • Draws upon canonical texts by Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, George Meredith, and Thomas Hardy
  • Argues that depictions of non-purposive perceptual experience suspend the processes of self-cultivation (Bildung) central to Victorian aesthetics