Mehmet Akif Balkaya The Industrial Novels

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This book provides a clear historical and theoretical framework for reading three important novels published in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century. Examining the novels by Charlotte Brontė, Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell, the book offers an analysis of their strategies for radical reforms and for the restructuring of society and politics through improvements in the living and working conditions of the working class. The Industrial Novels begins with an introduction of the Industrial Revolution, which is then followed by chapters devoted to a detailed discussion of each novel. Through this, the book explores the negative social, political and economic effects of industrialization and urbanization, as reflected in Charlotte Brontės Shirley (1849), Charles Dickens Hard Times (1854), and Elizabeth Gaskells North and South (1855). As such, the book will be of interest to academics and students in the fields of both literature and sociology.

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Mehmet Akif Balkaya is Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at Aksaray University, Turkey, and a PhD candidate in the Department of English Literature and Culture at Atilim University, Ankara. His research interests include feminist theory, ecofeminism, drama, cultural studies, and poetry. He has published conference and journal papers on New Historicism, absurd drama, industrialism, and postcolonialism.

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