The Professional Ideal in the Victorian Novel: The Works of Disraeli, Trollope, Gaskell, and Eliot (Paperback)
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The Professional Ideal in the Victorian Novel: The Works of Disraeli, Trollope, Gaskell, and Eliot (Paperback)

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This book makes the claim that Victorian novels do not simply reflect professional ideology; they also scrutinize its dilemmas, contradictions, and limitations. In this volume, innovative readings of canonical texts like Sybil, Barchester Towers, Romola, and Daniel Deronda accompany groundbreaking work on less familiar texts like Tancred and My Lady Ludlow to illuminate the Victorians' own struggles with the emerging professional ideology. The Victorians' engagement with fundamental ideas of professional identity such as autonomy, meritocracy, and the service ethic reveal professionalism's dual basis in materialist and idealist rationalities.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349536771
Number of pages: 234
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2007


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"This book is a thoughtful, engaging, and exceptionally well-written analysis of the tensions between the idealist and materialist discourses of professionalism in the mid-Victorian novel. Colon demonstrates that the mid-Victorian novel is central to formulating and criticizing the conflicts within professional self-definition. Colon's insight that the formulation of professional ideology is simultaneous with self-critique and self-reform is particularly fascinating and helps us revise our histories of the professions." - Francesca Sawaya, University of Oklahoma

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