Victorian Fiction and the Insights of Sympathy: An Alternative to the Hermeneutics of Suspicion (Anthem Nineteenth-Century Series)

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This book explores the importance of sympathy as a central idea behind Victorian fiction, and an animating principle of novel reading generally. Sympathy, Brigid Lowe argues, deserves a much more important role as both a subject and a guiding principle for literary criticism.

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This ground-breaking study of sympathetic readings in Victorian fiction breathes new life into contemporary literary criticism.

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An exploration of the idea of sympathy as a critical framework in literary criticism.

A bold and challenging, offering a refreshing look at some of the classics of Victorian literature.

Propelled by the author's engaging prose and thought-provoking observations.

Its original contributions to the theory of fiction will be of keen interest to both academics and students.

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