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Nation & NovelThe English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day$
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Patrick Parrinder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.001.0001

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At Home and Abroad in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction: From Vanity Fair to The Secret Agent

At Home and Abroad in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction: From Vanity Fair to The Secret Agent

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(p.232) 10 At Home and Abroad in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction: From Vanity Fair to The Secret Agent
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Nation & Novel
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Patrick Parrinder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0011

The chapter begins with a summary of the life of William Makepeace Thackeray and how he started writing novels. During his time, he wrote Vanity Fair, based in London, which was the centre of the global economy and part of a large empire. The chapter also discusses in detail other novels written inthe Victorian and Edwardian periods. Insights about xenophobia are also contemplated through an analysis of Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now and George Eliot's Deronda. A contrast of ideas can be spotted from the analysis: The Way We Live focuses on showing how the English nation degenerates at the hand of the foreigners. To show a contrast, the Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad is also elaborated in the chapter. Its dramatis personae are non-English characters.

Keywords:   Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray, xenophobia, Deronda, George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, The Secret Agent, dramatis personae

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