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The Victorian Novel Dreams of the Real: Conventions and Ideology

Audrey Jaffe


The Victorian Novel Dreams of the Real argues that Victorian novelistic realism is a product of the Victorians’ overarching desire, both cultural and ideological, for the real. What the book calls “realist fantasy” describes the way in which the conventions used to represent characters’ dreams, daydreams, and fantasies also shape the more general and generalized fantasy that constitutes each particular novel’s imagining of the real. In readings of George Eliot’s Adam Bede, Dickens’s Oliver Twist, Hardy’s Mayor of Casterbridge, Trollope’s Orley Farm, and Wilkie Collins’s Armadale, the book demo ... More

Keywords: Victorian, novel, realism, realist, fantasy, ideology, conventions, dream, daydream

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190269937
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Audrey Jaffe, author
Professor of English, University of Toronto