Richard Stevenson

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"Stein's Prescription for 'How to Be' and the Problem of Assessing Lord Jim's Career" in Keith Carabine, ed., Joseph Conrad: Critical Assessments, Writers in English Series (Routledge, Chapman & Hall), II: 231-241; "George Meredith," Encyclopedia of the Novel, ed. Paul E. Schellinger (Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998), 834-835;      "The Ordeal of Richard Feverel," Encyclopedia of the Novel, ed. Paul E. Schellinger (Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998), 964-965; The Experimental Impulse in George Meredith's Fiction (Bucknell UP, 2004); The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative, ed. Richard C. Stevenson (Broadview Editions, 2010).


Interests include Victorian literature, the English Novel--18th, 19th, and 20th centuries--and narrative theory.


The Experimental Impulse in George Meredith’s Fiction

Richard Stevenson argues that George Meredith as a writer of Victorian fiction is most interesting for us today in the ways in which he wrote against convention–the experimental and transgressive impulse displayed in his treatment of controversial themes, his departures from conventions of genre, and his innovations with narrative technique and representations of consciousness. “The most... Read more

The Egoist

The Egoist is George Meredith’s comic masterpiece, in which he takes the traditional marriage plot of English domestic fiction and turns it on its head.  This edition by Richard Stevenson includes an introduction  that provides context for the novel from Meredith’s own  life, his theory of comedy, the ‘woman question,’ and Darwinian  biology.  The appendices include comments on ... Read more


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