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Copeland, Edward
The silver fork novel : fashionable fiction in the age of reform / Edward Copeland
Alternate Title Fashionable fiction in the age of reform
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, c2012
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 4th Floor  PR868.S615 C66 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Subject England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Subject(s) English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Social values in literature
Manners and customs in literature
Fashion in literature
Subject Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Influence
Great Britain -- History -- 1800-1837
Physical Description x, 290 pages : ill. ; 24 cm
Summary "In the early nineteenth century there was a sudden vogue for novels centering on the glamour of aristocratic social and political life. Such novels, attractive as they were to middle-class readers, were condemned by contemporary critics as dangerously seductive, crassly commercial, designed for the 'masses' and utterly unworthy of regard. Until recently, silver-fork novels have eluded serious consideration and been overshadowed by authors such as Jane Austen. They were influenced by Austen at their very deepest levels, but were paradoxically drummed out of history by the very canon-makers who were using Austen's name to establish their own legitimacy. This first modern full-length study of the silver-fork novel argues that these novels were in fact tools of persuasion, novels deliberately aimed at bringing the British middle classes into an alliance with an aristocratic program of political reform"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 258-286) and index
Contents 1. Cultural contexts -- 2. The woman's tradition : Edgeworth, Burney and Austen -- 3. Reform and the silver fork novel -- 4. Newspapers and the silver fork novel -- 5. The topography of silver fork London -- 6. Reform and the silver fork heroines
Series Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 81

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