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Published: 18 February 2016

240 Pages | 1 halftone


ISBN: 9780199797202

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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