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Novel Violence: A Narratography of Victorian Fiction

Garrett Stewart


Victorian novels, this book argues, hurtle forward in prose as violent as the brutal human existence they chronicle. The book explains how such language assaults the norms of written expression and how, in doing so, it counteracts the narratives it simultaneously propels. Immersing himself in the troubling plots of Charles Dickens, Anne Brontë, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy, the author uses his new method of narratography to trace the microplots of language as they unfold syllable by syllable. By pinpointing where these linguistic narratives collide with the stories that give them context, he ... More

Keywords: Victorian novels, Charles Dickens, Anne Brontë, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, narratography, microplots, linguistic narratives, verbal conflict, Ian Watt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226774589
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226774602.001.0001


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Garrett Stewart, author

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