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The Power of Lies : Trangression in Victorian Fiction

Kucich, John

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ISBN 10: 0801428424 / ISBN 13: 9780801428425
Published by Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A., 1994
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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289 pages. No dust jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 12099

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Title: The Power of Lies : Trangression in ...

Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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Although moral earnestness has long been considered characteristic of the Victorians, Kucich maintains that English fiction in the nineteenth century was as interested in lies as in honesty. In this important book, Kucich explores the fascination with lying in novels by Anthony Trollope, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ellen Wood, Thomas Hardy, and Sarah Grand.


"This critic offers a meticulously constructed argument that intertwines contemporary linquistic, psychological, and social theories with scrupulous analyses of the literary works themselves. It is a rare thing for an academic study of the appropriations of the language of class and gender to engage its readers so thoroughly. . . Gossip and lies might be subversive, might be defiant, might even be downright nasty, but never have they seemed so appealing."―The Wordsworth Circle

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