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Atonement and self-sacrifice in nineteenth-century narrative, Jan-Melissa Schramm

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Atonement and self-sacrifice in nineteenth-century narrative
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Atonement and self-sacrifice in nineteenth-century narrative
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Jan-Melissa Schramm
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Language
eng
Summary
"Jan-Melissa Schramm explores the conflicted attitude of the Victorian novel to sacrifice, and the act of substitution on which it depends. The Christian idea of redemption celebrated the suffering of the innocent: to embrace a life of metaphorical self-sacrifice was to follow in the footsteps of Christ's literal Passion. Moreover, the ethical agenda of fiction relied on the expansion of sympathy which imaginative substitution was seen to encourage. But Victorian criminal law sought to calibrate punishment and culpability as it repudiated archaic models of sacrifice that scapegoated the innocent. The tension between these models is registered creatively in the fiction of novelists such as Dickens, Gaskell and Eliot, at a time when acts of Chartist protest, national sacrifices made during the Crimean War, and the extension of the franchise combined to call into question what it means for one man to 'stand for', and perhaps even 'die for', another"--
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Schramm, Jan-Melissa
Dewey number
823/.809355
Index
index present
LC call number
PR468.S43
LC item number
S37 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture
Series volume
80
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Self in literature
  • Atonement in literature
  • Self-sacrifice in literature
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Atonement and self-sacrifice in nineteenth-century narrative, Jan-Melissa Schramm
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 268-285) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: (unmerited) suffering and the uses of adversity in Victorian public discourse; 1. 'It is expedient that one man should die for the people': sympathy and substitution on the scaffold; 2. 'Fortune takes the place of guilt': narrative reversals and the literary afterlives of Eugene Aram; 3. 'Standing for' the people: Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell and professional oratory in 1848; 4. Sacrifice and the sufferings of the substitute: Dickens and the atonement controversy of the 1850s; 5. Substitution and imposture: George Eliot, Anthony Trollope and fictions of usurpation; Conclusion: innocence, sacrifice, and wrongful accusation in Victorian fiction
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 289 p.
Isbn
9781107021266
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012007346
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Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
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  • (CaMWU)u2764840-01umb_inst
  • 2619028
  • (Sirsi) i9781107021266
  • (OCoLC)779472223
Label
Atonement and self-sacrifice in nineteenth-century narrative, Jan-Melissa Schramm
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 268-285) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: (unmerited) suffering and the uses of adversity in Victorian public discourse; 1. 'It is expedient that one man should die for the people': sympathy and substitution on the scaffold; 2. 'Fortune takes the place of guilt': narrative reversals and the literary afterlives of Eugene Aram; 3. 'Standing for' the people: Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell and professional oratory in 1848; 4. Sacrifice and the sufferings of the substitute: Dickens and the atonement controversy of the 1850s; 5. Substitution and imposture: George Eliot, Anthony Trollope and fictions of usurpation; Conclusion: innocence, sacrifice, and wrongful accusation in Victorian fiction
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 289 p.
Isbn
9781107021266
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012007346
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2764840-01umb_inst
  • 2619028
  • (Sirsi) i9781107021266
  • (OCoLC)779472223

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