The Resource Victorian Reformations : Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein

Victorian Reformations : Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein

Label
Victorian Reformations : Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900
Title
Victorian Reformations
Title remainder
Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900
Statement of responsibility
Miriam Elizabeth Burstein
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Victorian Reformations: Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein analyzes the ways in which Christian novelists across the denominational spectrum laid claim to popular genres--most importantly, the religious historical novel--to narrate the aftershocks of 1829, the year of Catholic Emancipation. Both Protestant and Catholic popular novelists fought over the ramifications of nineteenth-century Catholic toleration for the legacy of the Reformation. But despite the vast textual range of this genre, it remains virtually unknown in literary studies. Victorian Reformations is the first book to analyze how "high" theological and historical debates over the Reformation's significance were popularized through the increasingly profitable venue of Victorian religious fiction. By putting religious apologists and controversialists at center stage, Burstein insists that such fiction--frequently dismissed as overly simplistic or didactic--is essential for our understanding of Victorian popular theology, history, and historical novels. Burstein reads "lost" but once exceptionally popular religious novels--for example, by Elizabeth Rundle Charles, Lady Georgiana Fullerton, and Emily Sarah Holt--against the works of such now-canonical figures as Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot, while also drawing on material from contemporary sermons, histories, and periodicals. Burstein demonstrates how these novels, which popularized Christian visions of change for a mass readership, call into question our assumptions about the nineteenth-century historical novel. In addition, her research and her conceptual frameworks have the potential to influence broader paradigms in Victorian studies and novel criticism. "In Victorian Reformations, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein persuasively shows how non-canonical Victorian historical novels offer essential insights into the shaping and importance of Victorian religious debates. Informative and well-argued, her book is a significant work for those who are interested in Victorian literature and Victorian religion, as well as the intersection of the two."--Carol Engelhardt Herringer, Wright State University"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
P@U
Dewey number
823/.8093823
Index
index present
LC call number
PR878.R5
LC item number
B87 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Victorian Reformations : Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869303836
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780268075934
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b32111745
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)869303836
  • pebcs026807593X

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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