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Everyday Words and the Character of Prose in Nineteenth-Century Britain - Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture 107 (Hardback)
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Everyday Words and the Character of Prose in Nineteenth-Century Britain - Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture 107 (Hardback)

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Everyday Words is an original and innovative study of the stylistic tics of canonical novelists including Austen, Dickens, Trollope, Thackeray and Eliot. Jonathan Farina shows how ordinary locutions such as 'a decided turn', 'as if' and 'that sort of thing' condense nineteenth-century manners, tacit aesthetics and assumptions about what counts as knowledge. Writers recognized these recurrent 'everyday words' as signatures of 'character'. Attending to them reveals how many of the fundamental forms of characterizing fictional characters also turn out to be forms of characterizing objects, natural phenomena and inanimate, abstract things, such as physical laws, the economy and legal practice. Ultimately, this book revises what 'character' meant to nineteenth-century Britons by respecting the overlapping, transdisciplinary connotations of the category.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107181632
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm

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