Darwin Special Issue of Victorian Studies

The Winter 2009 issue of Victorian Studies (51:2), on “Darwin and the Evolution of Victorian Studies,” guest-edited by Jonathan Smith, is now available. It contains articles on Darwin by George Levine, Heather Brink-Roby, Tina Young Choi, Jim Endersby, and Gillian Beer.

In addition, the issue has reviews of 30 recent books in the field. Highlights include

  • Isobel Armstrong reviewing Herbert Tucker’s Epic: “a marvellous book, epic in theme and ambition, epic in size, but thoroughly justified in its monumentality.”
  • Meredith Martin reviewing Angela Leighton’s On Form: “these twelve essays both provide variations on a theme and make a theme of variety. Throughout the book we are subtly nudged to understand “form” as always incomplete and dynamic—a fissure, flash, or ghost rather than a complete urn, static image, or whole body. The book is a series of provocations…”
  • John Plotz reviewing Isobel Armstrong’s Victorian Glassworlds: “Casting her net widely, her largest-scale claims—which mostly turn on the way that nineteenth-century conceptions of glass acknowledged its mediating rather than its transparent capacity—never seem to derive simply from the text at hand, but from an accumulation of corollary instances that have been gradually surrounding the reader from the first chapter.”
  • Christopher Keep reviewing Richard Meneke’s Telegraphic Realism: “Exhaustively researched, carefully argued, and written in a precise, stylish manner, Telegraphic Realism is a compelling account of the complex and diverse ways Victorian novelists engaged with the new means of communication…”
  • Joe Kember reviewing Lynda Nead’s The Haunted Gallery
  • Tanya Agathacleous reviewing David Pike’s Metropolis on the Styx
  • Philip Davis reviewing Andrew Miller’s The Burdens of Perfection: Davis calls it “one of the best books on Victorian writing to have appeared in the last ten years.”
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