Publisher description for The reenchantment of nineteenth-century fiction : Dickens, Thackeray, George Eliot, and serialization / David Payne.


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This book shows how Dickens, Thackeray, and George Eliot sacralized Victorian modernity in two contradictory ways: by incarnating their moment as one of transcendent development, and by reenacting bloody rituals from a fading Protestant past. Both the magnitude and the brevity of their success make these works exemplary for our own era, caught between the archaic gods of traditional religion and the still-mysterious ones of market society.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature publishing -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Serialized fiction -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Thackeray, William Makepeace, -- 1811-1863 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dickens, Charles, -- 1812-1870 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Eliot, George, -- 1819-1880 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Social problems in literature.