George Meredith's 1895 Collection of Three Stories. Explorations of Gender and Power

Author: Deis, Elizabeth
Year:1997
Pages:316
ISBN:0-7734-8779-4
978-0-7734-8779-6
Price:219.95
This is a new edition of a collection of three stories by George Meredith (The Tale of Chloe; The House on the Beach; and The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper). An opening essay discusses the stories in their literary and historical context, with particular attention to themes and literary techniques that Meredith frequently used in his fiction. Following the stories themselves, the volume includes the full text of several 1895 reviews that reflect the range of social and literary views typical of the age, and give one a good basis on which to build a discussion of Victorian perspectives on gender and on fiction. The reviews come from such major publications as The Athenaeum, The Bookman, The Yellow Book, The Pall Mall Gazette, and The Times.

Reviews

". . . she has painstakingly detected and documented in these stories a crucial core that informs much of the socially centered fiction of the Victorian period. . . . Once these texts are read in the context of their underlying social and gender constructs, they become valuable documents for a period that Elaine Showalter describes in terms of its 'sexual anarchy.'" - Michael J. O'Shea, editor of Studies in Short Fiction

". . . she has painstakingly detected and documented in these stories a crucial core that informs much of the socially centered fiction of the Victorian period. . . . Once these texts are read in the context of their underlying social and gender constructs, they become valuable documents for a period that Elaine Showalter describes in terms of its 'sexual anarchy.'" - Michael J. O'Shea, editor of Studies in Short Fiction