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Plotting the News in the Victorian Novel

Jessica R. Valdez


Newspapers are constantly lying in the worlds of Victorian novels, from the false report of John Harmon’s death in Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) to allegations of extramarital affairs in Phineas Finn (1867-1868). Yet characters continue to believe what they read in the newspaper, assuming that news must be recent, relevant, and true. Victorian novels thus explore the contradictory logic of news: claims to journalistic reality sit uneasily alongside unrepresentative, malicious, or even false news. This book argues that nineteenth-century novels analysed the formal and social workings of news th ... More

Keywords: Novel, news, form, realism, Victorian, nation, media, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474474344
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474474344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica R. Valdez, author
University of Hong Kong