Language, Science and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-siècle

Christine Ferguson's timely study is the first comprehensive examination of the importance of language in forming a crucial nexus among popular fiction, biology, and philology at the Victorian fin-de-siècle. Ferguson demonstrates how Darwinian accounts of 'primitive' and animal language were co-opted into wider cultural debates about the apparent brutality of popular fiction, and shows how popular novelists used their fantastic narratives to radically reformulate the relationships among language, thought, and progress that underwrote much of the contemporary prejudice against mass literary taste.

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Publisher Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
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ISBN 9780754650829
Pages 204 pages
Rating 4/5 (20 users)