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Oxford English Monographs

The Victorian Novel and the Problems of Marine Language

All at Sea

Matthew P.M. Kerr

The Victorian Novel and the Problems of Marine Language

Oxford English Monographs

The Victorian Novel and the Problems of Marine Language

All at Sea

Oxford English Monographs: The Victorian Novel and the Problems of Marine Language

 

This book shows how prose writers in the Victorian period grappled with the sea as a setting, a shaper of plot and character, as a structuring motif, and as a source of metaphor.


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Beschrijving Oxford English Monographs: The Victorian Novel and the Problems of Marine Language

To write about the sea in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was to do so against a vast accretion of past deeds, patterns of thought, and particularly patterns of expression, many of which had begun to feel not just settled but exhausted. The Victorian Novel and the Problems of Marine Language takes up this circumstance, showing how prose writers in this period grappled with the super-conventionalized nature of the sea as a setting, as a shaper of
plot and character, as a structuring motif, and as a source of metaphor.

But while writing about the sea required careful negotiation of multiple andsometimes conflicting associations, the sea's multiplicity and freight function not just as impediments to thought or expression but as sources of intellectual and expressive possibilities. The Victorian Novel and the Problems of Marine Language treats a provocatively diverse group of key authors spanning from the 1830s to the 1930s and including both those inextricably associated with the sea (Frederick
Marryat, Joseph Conrad) and those whose writings are less obviously marine, such as Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Virginia Woolf. What these writers share, among other things, is that they simultaneously register and turn to account the difficulties that attend
writing about, and writing with, the sea. In the process, their sea-writing sheds new light on the value of marginalized representational techniques including repetition, cliché, and imprecision.


ISBN
9780192843999
Pagina's
304
Verschijnt
Serie
Oxford English Monographs
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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