Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more



This item is out of stock. It can be ordered now for delivery when back in stock.

Notify Me When In Stock

Published: 01 February 2016

240 Pages | 1 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199797202

Also Available As:


Also Available In:

Bookseller Code (06)

The Comfort of Strangers

Social Life and Literary Form

Gage McWeeny

  • Provides a strikingly original and compelling new account of the Victorian and early modernist novel
  • Takes as its central focus the ephemeral forms of attachment instanced by strangers that have been largely ignored by critics
  • Engages with how literature emerges over the course of the nineteenth century as a formalizing activity often indistinguishable from the sense-making work of the new social sciences
  • Discusses work by Matthew Arnold, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and others