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The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel

Elaine Freedgood

Abstract

While the Victorian novel famously describes, catalogs, and inundates the reader with things, the protocols for reading it have long enjoined readers not to interpret most of what crowds its pages. This book explores apparently inconsequential objects in popular Victorian texts to make contact with their fugitive meanings. Developing an innovative approach to analyzing nineteenth-century fiction, the book reconnects the things readers unwittingly ignore to the stories they tell. Building its case around objects from three well-known Victorian novels—the mahogany furniture in Charlotte Brontë's ... More

Keywords: Victorian novels, nineteenth-century fiction, Victorian texts, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton, Great Expectations, commodity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226261553
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226261546.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Freedgood, author