Forthcoming from Oxford UP: Books by Tuekolsky, Rubery, and Chase

In the next few months, just in time for summer reading, three new titles in Victorian studies will appear from Oxford University Press:

  • Rachel Tuekolsky’s The Literate Eye: Victorian Art Writing and Modernist Aesthetics (slated for June 2009) “analyzes the vivid archive of Victorian art writing to reveal the key role played by nineteenth-century writers in the rise of modernist Anglo-American aesthetics….Well-known texts by Ruskin, Pater, and Wilde appear alongside texts belonging to the rich field of Victorian print culture, including gallery reviews, scientific treatises, satirical cartoons, and notes on early photography.”
  • Matthew Rubery’s The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction after the Invention of the News (also slated for June 2009) “explains why the Victorian novel is best understood alongside the simultaneous development of the news as a commercial commodity read by up to a million readers per day…Drawing on examples of periodicals from the period, Matthew Rubery reveals how the commercial press arising in nineteenth-century Britain profoundly influenced Mary Braddon, Charlotte Bronte, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Anthony Trollope, and many other novelists who all used narrative conventions derived from the press in their fiction.”
  • Karen Chase’s The Victorians and Old Age (to appear in July) “examines old age as it was constructed in Victorian social and literary cultures…It traces the power and powerlessness of age through a range of characters and individuals as distinct from one another as Dickens’s inebriated nurse, Sairey Gamp, to the sober Queen Victoria; and it studies specific narrative forms for expressing heightened emotions attached to aging and the complexities of representing age in pictorial and statistical ‘portraits’.”

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