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Feeling for the Poor: Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action and the Victorian Novel (Hardback)
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Feeling for the Poor: Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action and the Victorian Novel (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 29/10/2010
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Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813930619
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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Carolyn Betensky brings an original point of view and an engaging writer's voice to bear on the well-developed subject of the Victorian social-problem novel. In her analysis, novels stage competitions for feeling and suffering between representatives of powerful and powerless classes, acting finally as self-comforting fictions for the bourgeois reader and writer. Betensky's skills and talents as a critic are evident. The writing style is quite delightful fresh, frank, and clear, with wonderful moments of ironic wit.--Rosemarie Bodenheimer, Boston College, author of "Knowing Dickens""


Carolyn Betensky brings an original point of view and an engaging writer's voice to bear on the well-developed subject of the Victorian social-problem novel. In her analysis, novels stage competitions for feeling and suffering between representatives of powerful and powerless classes, acting finally as self-comforting fictions for the bourgeois reader and writer. Betensky's skills and talents as a critic are evident. The writing style is quite delightful--fresh, frank, and clear, with wonderful moments of ironic wit.

--Rosemarie Bodenheimer, Boston College, author of Knowing Dickens

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