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Still Life: Suspended Development in the Victorian Novel

Elisha Cohn


This book rethinks the nineteenth-century aesthetics of agency through the Victorian novel’s fascination with states of reverie, trance, and sleep. These states challenge contemporary scientific and philosophical accounts of the perfectibility of the self, which privileged reflective self-awareness. In dialogue with the field of literature and science studies and affect studies, this book shows how Victorian writers used narrative form to respond to the analytical practices and knowledge production of those other disciplines. Drawing upon canonical texts—by Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Geor ... More

Keywords: Bildungsroman, lyric, unconscious, reverie, psychology, affect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190250041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisha Cohn, author
Assistant Professor of English, Cornell University

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