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January 6, 2014

Art’s Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Pyle BookAuthor: Forest Pyle

Art’s Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism (2013) is about radical aestheticism, the term that best describes a recurring event in some of the most powerful and resonating texts of nineteenth-century British literature. A radical aestheticism offers us the best way to reckon with what takes place at certain moments in certain texts by Shelley, Keats, Dickinson, Hopkins, D.G. Rossetti, and Wilde when aestheticized representations reach their radicalization. (more…)

June 25, 2012

The Egoist

Editor: Richard Stevenson

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 The Egoist from Meredith’s letters, contemporary reviews, Victorian tracts on feminine conduct and education along with extracts from J. S. Mill’s The Subjection of Women and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man.

April 23, 2012

The Experimental Impulse in George Meredith’s Fiction

Author:  Richard Stevenson

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 significant critical book on this author in decades.” Benjamin F. Fisher, University of Mississippi