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In Problem Novels, Anna Maria Jones argues that, far from participating “invisibly” in disciplinary regimes, many Victorian novels articulate sophisticated theories about the role of the novel in the formation of the self. In fact, it is rare to find a Victorian novel in which questions about the danger or utility of novel reading are not embedded within the narrative. In other words, one of the stories that the Victorian novel tells, over and over again, is the story of what novels do to readers. This story occurs in moments that call attention to the reader’s engagement with the text. In chapters on Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, and George Meredith, Jones examines “problem novels”—that is, novels that both narrate and invite problematic reading as part of their theorizing of cultural production. Problem Novels demonstrates that these works posit a culturally embedded, sensationally susceptible reader and, at the same time, present a methodology for critical engagement with cultural texts. Thus, the novels theorize, paradoxically, a reader who is both unconsciously interpellated and critically empowered. And, Jones argues, it is this paradoxical construction of the unconscious/critical subject that re-emerges in the theoretical paradigms of Victorian cultural studies scholarship. Indeed, as Problem Novels shows, Victorianists’ attachments to critical “detective work” closely resemble the sensational attachments that we assume shaped Victorian novel readers.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Toward a Sensation Theory of Criticism
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. Sensation Fiction Theorizes Masochism
  2. pp. 21-55
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  1. 2. Realism Theorizes Speculative Investments
  2. pp. 56-90
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  1. 3. The "New Fiction" Theorizes Cultural Consumption
  2. pp. 91-126
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  1. 4. Conclusion: The Serious Work of Sensationalism
  2. pp. 127-134
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 147-156
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 157-163
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  1. Other Titles in the Series
  2. p. 165
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272268
Related ISBN
9780814210536
MARC Record
OCLC
1229137920
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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