Review by Choice Review
This volume, part of "The New Cambridge History of English Literature" series, represents a major contribution to Victorian literary studies that will be considered a standard reference work for many years to come. Flint (English and art history, Univ. of Southern California) has assembled an impressive collection of world-class scholars--including Gillian Beer, Herbert Tucker, Jerome McGann, and Isobel Armstrong--and many more of the same caliber to write original essays on various aspects of Victorian literature. Although these topics include what have become standard focal points in Victorian literary studies--such as the role of serial publication, dominant modes in fiction and poetry, common Victorian social and political debates, the significance of imperialism--the volume also includes outstanding essays on science and literature (Beer), the development of an environmental perspective (Francis O'Gorman), and writing about America (Deirdre David). Also noteworthy is Jay Clayton's essay on "the future of Victorian literature." Because of its expanded scope and the breadth of critical opinions offered, this volume stands as superior to Philip Davis's The Victorians (CH, Dec'03, 41-2042), volume 8 of "Oxford English Literary History." Summing Up: Essential. All readers. R. D. Morrison Morehead State University
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