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Novel Politics: Democratic Imaginations in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Isobel Armstrong

Abstract

Founded on a deep disagreement with current criticism of the novel, this book challenges a longstanding consensus that the nineteenth-century novel indelibly registers bourgeois ideology and morality, assuming the novel’s default position is conservative and hegemonic. Systematically under-reading democratic imaginations, this critique emerges alike from Marxists, from readers of nineteenth-century liberalism, and from critics making claims for the working-class novel. To undo such readings the book addresses some classic nineteenth-century political texts—by John Stuart Mill, de Tocqueville, ... More

Keywords: democratic imagination, radical poetics, experiment, dispossessed, illegitimate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793724
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198793724.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isobel Armstrong, author
Emeritus Professor, Birkbeck, University of London