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Gossip and Subversion in Nineteenth-century British Fiction : Echo's Economies book

Gossip and Subversion in Nineteenth-century British Fiction : Echo's Economies.cJan B. Gordon
Gossip and Subversion in Nineteenth-century British Fiction : Echo's Economies
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Author: Jan B. Gordon
Number of Pages: 444 pages
Published Date: 27 Nov 1996
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Country: Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Language: English
ISBN: 9780333607824
File size: 39 Mb
File Name: Gossip.and.Subversion.in.Nineteenth-Century.British.Fiction.Echo's.Economies.pdf
Download Link: Gossip and Subversion in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction Echo's Economies
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Jan Gordon proposes that a reviled communicational 'interest' in gossip and its purveyors be given its proper due in the development of the novel in Britain. Commencing with Sir Walter Scott's historically persecuted (but economically and politically necessary) androgynous voices in caves and concluding with Oscar Wilde's premature celebration of gossip at the very moment it is transformed from public opinion to public judgment, the author finds gossip to be both deforming and shaping nineteenth century 'letters' in surprising ways. Like the ignominious orphan-figure of nineteenth-century fiction, gossip is the 'unacknowledged reproduction' searching for a political antecedence which might lend a legitimacy to its often discontinuous testimony, for a culture historically resistant to obtrusive voices.

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