Victorian Reformations Paperback

Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900

by Miriam Elizabeth Burstein;

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Victorian Reformations

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In Victorian Reformations: Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein analyses 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 analyse how "high" theological and historical debates over the Reformation's significance were popularised through the increasingly profitable venue of Victorian religious fiction. By putting religious apologists and controversialists at centre 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 popularised 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.

Victorian Reformations by Miriam Elizabeth Burstein was published by University of Notre Dame Press in December 2013. The ISBN for Victorian Reformations is 9780268022389.

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Details for Victorian Reformations

Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherUniversity of Notre Dame Press (December 2013)
Number of Pages312
Thickness23 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4262070
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