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By Andrew H. Miller

Drawing on fresh paintings in severe conception, feminism, and social background, this ebook explains the connection among the unconventional and the emergent commodity tradition of Victorian England, utilizing similar to the "display window". Novels at the back of Glass analyzes the paintings of Thackeray, Eliot, Dickens, Trollope, and Gaskell, to illustrate that the Victorian novel presents us with picture and enduring photos of the facility of commodities to impact our ideals approximately gender, neighborhood, and person identification. will probably be of curiosity to scholars of Victorian literature and historical past in addition to social and cultural idea.

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Another strange, sad picture, this one in Thackeray's novel, disposes the goods of one Mr. Scape, an Anglo-Indian who 21 Novels behind glass Satire and sentiment walk arm-in-arm in these strange scenes from Vanity Fair and melting hearts find emotional expression in generous tips. 14 As I noted in the introduction, the spread of these windows in the early nineteenth century marked an important development in marketing and sales, and revolutionized the experience of walking in London's streets. Although it appears as if, behind the crystal walls of the shops, there stand men whose "sole purpose in life it is to gratify ...

1, p. 9. 38 Mayhew, London Labour, vol. 1, p. 10. 39 Mayhew, London Labour, vol. 1, p. 10. 32 Longing for sleeve buttons in the system of exchange. This explains the paradoxical feeling one gets, when reading Thackeray's narratives, that objects are simultaneously important and insignificant. They furnish all corners of the narrative, are detailed with great attention by the narrator, invested with great significance by the characters, and even have causal importance for the plot. We are told, for instance, that a bowl of rack punch, along with the intoxicated loss of control it induces, is "the cause of all this history" (p.

16 The longing of Spec and the little attorney's clerk, intense and pathetic, spurs them as it spurs Isidor to fabricate from a limited number of objects a complete fantasy existence. But the balls painted over the side door in the alley, mentioned in a quiet, deflationary aside, announce that this shop is a pawnbroker's. 17 Social life is a facade, and its props are in hock: "When we read in the Court Journal of Lady Fitzball's head-dress of lappets and superb diamonds, it is because the jew16 William Thackeray, Sketches and Travels in London, in The Complete Works of William Makepeace Thackeray, 25 vols.

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