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Writing the Stage Coach Nation: Locality on the Move in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Ruth Livesey


Many of the best-loved Victorian novels take place not in the railway era in which they were published, but in the very recent past of a world moving by stage and mail coach. Most of the works of Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy are in this sense historical novels, set, like Walter Scott’s Waverley sequence, in the ‘just’ past of a generation or so ago. This book explores the historical consciousness of such novels of the ‘just’ past and argues that they convey an idea of a national belonging that can be experienced through a sense of local place. The journey by public ... More

Keywords: Nineteenth-century novel, mobility, locality, nation, regionalism, memory, nostalgia, Dickens, Eliot, Charlotte Brontë

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Livesey, author
Royal Holloway, University of London