Male Adolescence in Mid-Victorian Fiction: George Meredith, W. M. Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope

Crossley, Alice (2018) Male Adolescence in Mid-Victorian Fiction: George Meredith, W. M. Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope. Routledge. ISBN 9781472445575

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Abstract

Focusing on works by George Meredith, W. M. Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope, Alice Crossley examines the emergence of adolescence in the mid-Victorian period as a distinct form of experience. Adolescence, Crossley shows, appears as a discrete category of identity that draws on but is nonetheless distinguishable from other masculine types. Important more as a stage of psychological awareness and maturation than as a period of biological youth, Crossley argues that the plasticity of male adolescence provides Meredith, Thackeray, and Trollope with opportunities for self-reflection and social criticism while also working as a paradigm for narrative and imaginative inquiry about motivation, egotism, emotional and physical relationships, and the possibilities of self-creation. Adolescence emerges as a crucial stage of individual growth, adopted by these authors in order to reflect more fully on cultural and personal anxieties about manliness. The centrality of male youth in these authors’ novels, Crossley demonstrates, repositions age-consciousness as an integral part of nineteenth-century debates about masculine heterogeneity.

Contents:
1 Introduction.
2 The Bildungsroman and Advertising: Thackeray's Pendennis Novels.
3 Manly Conduct: Meredith and the Culture of Improvement.
4 Investments in Youth: Speculation and Liberal Adolescence in Trollope.
5 The Language of Filial Dialogue in Meredith.
6 Aberrant Youth: The Dandy, the Wild Man, and the Deviant.
Conclusion.

Keywords:Victorian Literature, Victorian Studies, Ageing, Masculinities, adolescence
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q322 English Literature by author
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:32660
Deposited On:23 Oct 2018 09:11

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