Why Victorian Literature Still Matters is a passionate defense of Victorian literature's enduring impact and importance for readers interested in the relationship between literature and life, reading and thinking. Explores the prominence of Victorian literature for contemporary readers and academics, through the author's unique insight into why it is still important today Provides new frames of interpretation for key Victorian works of literature and close readings of important texts Argues for a new engagement with Victorian literature, from general readers and scholars alike Seeks to remove Victorian literature from an entrenched set of values, traditions and perspectives - demonstrating how vital and resonant it is for modern literary and cultural analysis
Philip Davis is Professor of English Literature in the School of English, University of Liverpool, UK. He is the author of The Victorians and, most recently, Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life . His other books include The Experience of Reading; Real Voices: On Reading , and Memory and Writing: from Wordsworth to Lawrence , as well as works on Shakespeare and Samuel Johnson. He is also editor of The Reader , a non-academic literary magazine aimed at the serious reader.
Introduction: The Victorian Bump and Where to Find It. 1. Victorian Hard Wiring. 2. Isaiah and Ezekiel - But What About Charley?. 3. Not So Straightforward: Realist Prose and What It Hides Within Itself. 4. A Literature In Time. 5. Individual Agents. 6. A Few of My Favorite Things: A Glove, a Sandal, and Plaited Hair. Notes. Index