SUNY series, Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

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Personation Plots

Examines the fascination with identity fraud in sensation fiction and Victorian culture more broadly.

Playing Games in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Illuminates the ways games—from baseball cards to board games, charades to boxing, and croquet to strategies of war—were integral to nineteenth-century life and culture in the United States and Britain.

Sensitive Negotiations

Examines how Indigenous figures used British Romantic poetry in their interactions with settler governments and publics.

Fracture Feminism

Shows how feminist writing in British Romanticism developed alternatives to linear time.

Beyond Gold and Diamonds

The first book to examine and establish characteristics of the British South African novel.

Charlotte Brontë at the Anthropocene

Forges a fresh interpretation of Charlotte Brontë’s oeuvre as a response to ecological instability.

Against the Despotism of Fact

First comprehensive account of the figure of the Irish Celt in modern British and Irish literature.

Medicine Is War

Examines how literature mediated a convergence of militarism and medicine in Victorian culture that continues into the present via a widespread martial metaphor.

Kept from All Contagion

Highlights connections between authors rarely studied together by exposing their shared counternarratives to germ theory's implicit suggestion of protection in isolation.

Victorian Structures

Argues that the descriptions of buildings frequently encountered in Victorian novels offer more than evocative settings for characters and plot; instead, such descriptions signal these novels' self-reflexive consideration of the structure itself.

Romantic Vacancy

Examines the concept of a poetics of vacancy in Romantic-era literature.

An Ethic of Innocence

Offers a feminist theory of ignorance that sheds light on the misunderstood or overlooked epistemic practices of women in literature.

Victorian Negatives

Argues that the photographic negative gives a new way of understanding Victorian debates surrounding origins and copies as well as reality and representation.

Legacies of the Sublime

Pairs literary works with philosophical and theoretical texts to examine how the Kantian sublime influenced authors in their treatments of freedom and subjectivity through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Lacan and Romanticism

Draws from the work of Jacques Lacan to provide innovative readings of Romantic literature in the long nineteenth century.

The Aesthetics of Senescence

Investigates how nineteenth-century British literature grappled with a new understanding of aging as both an individual and collective experience.

Beasts of Burden

Uses literature, art, and cultural texts from the British Romantic period to explore the age in which biological life and its abilities first became regulated by the rising nation.

Romantic Mediations

Investigates the ways in which new technologies and theories of photography, phonography, moving images, and digital media engage with a diverse set of texts by British Romantic writers.

Antipodal England

Examines Victorian conceptions of home and identity by looking at portrayals and accounts of middle-class emigration to Australia.

Terror and Irish Modernism

Presents a new genealogy and synoptic overview of modern Irish fiction.

Victorian Fetishism

Examines the importance of fetishism in nineteenth-century cultural theory.

Literary Remains

Explores Victorian responses to death and burial in literature, journalism, and legal writing.

Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

Argues that Byron’s popularity marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural identity.

Aging by the Book

Uncovers the origins of midlife anxiety in Victorian print culture.

Anxious Anatomy

Examines the body in literature and science in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe.

The Mighty Scot

Turns a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland.

White Horizon

From explorers’ accounts to boys’ adventure fiction, how Arctic exploration served as a metaphor for nation-building and empire in nineteenth-century Britain.

Excavating Victorians

How Victorians reacted to the new sciences of geology and archaeology.

Decadent Culture in the United States

The paradoxes of the American decadent movement in the 1890s and 1920s.

Manly Leaders in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Examines fantasies of charismatic, virile leaders in British literature from the 1790s to the 1840s.

Cholera and Nation

How cholera epidemics affected Victorian perceptions of the body and the nation.

Virginia Woolf and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel

Traces Woolf’s persistent yet vexed fascination with nineteenth-century descriptions of English domesticity and female creativity.

Altered States

Considers the role of Spiritualism in Victorian culture.

Nervous Conditions

Examines nineteenth-century scientists’ obsession with nerves and the nervous system.

Worldwide Pre-Raphaelitism

Examines the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement on art and literature around the world.

Mapping the Victorian Social Body

Explores how medical and social maps helped shape modern perceptions of space.

Nervous Reactions

Addresses how Victorian receptions of Romanticism and Romantic writers were shaped by notions of "nervousness. "

Romantic Science

Uncovers the vital role that new scientific discoveries played in Romantic literary culture.

Living Forms

Examines Romantic poets’ and essayists’ fascination with the human form.

Time Is of the Essence

Examines the intricate relationships between time and gender in the novels of five fin-de-siecle British writers--Thomas Hardy, Olive Schreiner, H. Rider Haggard, Sarah Grand, and Mona Caird.