The Crisis of Action in Nineteenth-century English Literature

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Ohio State University Press, 2006 - 258 páginas
"We think of the nineteenth century as an active age - the age of colonial expansion, revolutions, and railroads, of great exploration and the Great Exhibition. But in reading the works of Romantic and Victorian writers one notices a conflict, what Stefanie Markovits terms "a crisis of action." In her book, The Crisis of Action in Nineteenth-Century English Literature, Markovits maps out this conflict by focusing on four writers: William Wordsworth, Arthur Hugh Clough, George Eliot, and Henry James. Each chapter offers a "case-study" that demonstrates how specific historical contingencies - including reaction to the French Revolution, laissez-faire economic practices, changes in religious and scientific beliefs, and shifts in women's roles - made people in the period hypersensitive to the status of action and its literary co-relative, plot."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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WORDSWORTHS REVOLUTION FROM THE BORDERERS TO THE WHITE DOE OF RYLSTONE
11
THE CASE OF CLOUGH AMOURS DE VOYAGE AND THE CRISIS OF ACTION IN VICTORIAN VERSE
47
THAT GIRL HAS SOME DRAMA IN HER GEORGE ELIOTS PROBLEM WITH ACTION
87
HENRY JAMES NEFARIOUS PILOT FROM AND FREEDOM IN THE HANDS OF THE MONTH
129
ADVENTURE FICTION
171
NOTES
179
WORKS CITED
225
INDEX
241
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Stefanie Markovits is Assistant Professor of English at Yale University.

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