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The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience

Lauren M. E. Goodlad


How did realist narrative alter in the effort to craft forms and genres receptive to the dynamism of an expanding empire and globalizing world? Do these nineteenth-century variations on the “geopolitical aesthetic” continue to resonate today? Crossing literary criticism, political theory, and longue durée history, this book explores these questions from the standpoint of mid-nineteenth-century novelists such as Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Gustave Flaubert, and Anthony Trollope, as well as successors including E. M. Forster and the creators of recent television serials. By looking at “soverei ... More

Keywords: realism, nineteenth-century literature, seriality, imperialism, sovereignty, liberalism, geopolitics, longue durée, surface reading, serial television, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren M. E. Goodlad, author
University of Illinois, Urbana