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Subgenres of the Novel from 1830 to 1837

  • Elliot Engel
  • Margaret F. King
Part of the Macmillan Studies in Victorian Literature book series (MSVL)

Abstract

Not surprisingly, the market for fiction during William iv’s reign was dominated by historical novels; it was both a history-making and a history-loving epoch.1 These pre-Victorian Victorians had inherited the Romantics’ nostalgia for the past, an appreciation of both its uniqueness and its organic relationship to the present. But in these very earliest post-Romantic years, the fascination with past ages was intensified by a consciousness that industrial technology and reformist legislation (most notably the Reform Bill of 1832) were propelling England into a future so remote from the manners, values and simplicity of the past that they could never be retrieved — except in the imagination of writer and reader.

Keywords

Dinner Party Historical Fiction Realistic Detail Realistic Fiction Fashionable Society 
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© Elliot Engel and Margaret F. King 1984

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  • Elliot Engel
  • Margaret F. King

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