A Companion to the Victorian Novel (Blackwell Companions to by Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing

By Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing

The spouse to the Victorian Novel offers contextual and important information regarding the total diversity of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901.

  • Provides contextual and demanding information regarding the full variety of British fiction released in the course of the Victorian period.
  • Explains concerns comparable to Victorian religions, category constitution, and Darwinism to those that are strange with them.
  • Comprises unique, obtainable chapters written by way of popular and rising students within the box of Victorian studies.
  • Ideal for college kids and researchers looking up to date assurance of contexts and tendencies, or as a place to begin for a survey course.

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Government subsidies to schools were now partly linked to results in examinations in reading and writing, a reform designed to promote the effective teaching of basic literacy. In the 1850s some schools tried to encourage the reading habit by introducing more advanced pupils to Pilgrim’s Progress, Robinson Crusoe, and The Swiss Family Robinson. English literature was more firmly established in the curriculum after the 1882 Mundella Code, which mandated Shakespeare, Milton, “or some other standard author” for Standard VII.

There is no common standard, no universally recognized borderline separating the literate from the illiterate. Some Victorians seem to have understood that: for example Leonard Horner, first Warden of London University, who in 1837 filed this report on 2,000 factory children in Manchester: Of the 2000 186 372 509 making 1067 322 611 did not know the alphabet knew the alphabet only knew words of one syllable only who could not read read the Testament with difficulty read it with ease (9%) (18%) (25%) (54%) (16%) (30%) Education, Literacy, and the Reader 33 Writing literacy generally lagged behind reading literacy.

Mays Seville, Catherine (1999), Literary Copyright Reform in Early Victorian England: The Framing of the 1842 Copyright Act (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Shillingsburg, Peter (1992), Pegasus in Harness: Victorian Publishing and W. M. Thackeray (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia). Tuchman, Gaye with Fortin, Nina E. (1989), Edging Women Out: Victorian Novelists, Publishers, and Social Change (New Haven: Yale University Press). 2 Education, Literacy, and the Victorian Reader Jonathan Rose In the 1970s Rolf Engelsing posited that there had been, around 1800, a Reading Revolution, the literary counterpart of the Industrial Revolution.

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