The Reenchantment of Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Dickens, Thackeray, George Eliot, and Serialization

  • Authors
  • David Payne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. David Payne
    Pages 1-19
  3. David Payne
    Pages 145-152
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 153-206

About this book


An ambitious weave of ideological, literary, and commodity history, The Reenchantment of Nineteenth-Century Fiction shows how Dickens, Thackeray, and George Eliot sacralized Victorian modernity in two contradictory ways: by incarnating their moment as one of transcendent development, and by reenacting bloody rituals from a fading Protestant past. Both the magnitude and the brevity of their success make these works exemplary for our own era, caught between the archaic gods of traditional religion and the still-mysterious ones of market society.


Charles Dickens fiction George Eliot Victorian era

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