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Published: 01 February 2014

248 Pages | 22 halftones

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780195369274

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The Novelty of Newspapers

Victorian Fiction After the Invention of the News

Matthew Rubery

  • Winner of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) First Book Award in Literatures in the English Language
  • Identifies how the novel's own narrative contours and formal devices have been crafted in response to competing media.
  • Documents how the novel makes use of news conventions at the following levels: (1) representations of scenes of reading; (2) portrayal of journalists; (3) pastiche of news items through headlines and quotations; (4) intertextual allusions to familiar news narratives; (5) definition of its own status against rival forms of realism modelled by the newspaper.
  • Offers new understandings of literature by Mary Braddon, Charlotte Brontë, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Anthony Trollope, and other Victorian novelists.
  • Shows to what extent the form of the novel was shaped by the simultaneous development of the news as a commercial commodity read by up to a million readers.