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The Victorian period is often regarded as a high point in literary history, generating a wealth of material that is still regarded as canonical as well as a diverse range of literary genres. This period, which encompasses the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901, produced a large number of prominent authors such as Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters, and Oscar Wilde, and witnessed a huge expansion in the literary market (partly because of the rise in literacy). The Victorian era was highly conscious of its own relation to the past – its ‘heritage’ or place in history – but it also sensed its role in shaping the future. For modern readers, it has come to represent both our literary past and the beginnings of modernity as we experience it today. Although the study of Victorian literature has a rich and well established critical literature, it remains a highly active field due to its popularity with students and researchers alike, and is constantly responding to the regular emergence of new interpretations and theoretical ideas. In addition to this extensive body of scholarship, the study of Victorian literature has been quick to move online so that today’s students and researchers have ready access to key primary source texts and a range of other electronic resources. Rather than sifting through these ever-expanding mountains of information that may or may not yield relevant results, students and researchers alike can rely on Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature to offer a reliable, up-to-date, and authoritative guide to the best literature in the field.
Editor in Chief
Juliet John is Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, and was previously Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Liverpool. She has published widely on Victorian literature and culture. She is the author of Dickens and Mass Culture (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2001; paperback 2002). She is editor of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist: A Sourcebook (Routledge, 2005), Cult Criminals: The Newgate Novels, 6 vols (Routledge, 1998), and with Alice Jenkins, Rethinking Victorian Culture (Macmillan, 2000) and Rereading Victorian Fiction (Macmillan, 2000). Most recently, she has edited the bicentenary edition of Essays and Studies on Dickens and Modernity (Boydell and Brewer, 2012) and is editor of The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2013).
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