Two new titles in nineteenth-century studies have appeared recently from the University of Virginia Press:
- Dallas Liddle’s The Dynamics of Genre: Journalism and the Practice of Literature in Mid-Victorian Britain, in the Victorian Literature and Culture Series; this book offers “the first rigorous study of the relationship between mid-Victorian journalistic genres and contemporary poetry, the novel, and serious expository prose. Liddle shows that periodical genres competed both ideologically and economically with literary genres, and he studies how this competition influenced the midcentury writings and careers of authors including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Harriet Martineau, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, and the sensation novelists of the 1860s.”
- Sally Bushell’s Text as Process: Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Dickinson: “Bushell’s aim in Text as Process is to develop a research method for the study of compositional material…Bushell revisits issues of intention within process and makes this the center of her new approach, employing “case studies” of the work of three major nineteenth-century poets: Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Dickinson.”
Look also for Samuel Baker’s Written on the Water: British Romanticism and the Martime Empire of Culture, forthcoming from the UVA Press in July 2009.