In this lively and illuminating work, Kevin A. Morrison offers a reassessment of Mary Russell Mitford’s and Elizabeth Gaskell’s provincial fiction, sometimes deprecated within a genre frequently considered ‘minor literature’, and demonstrates the importance of their work to the development of George Eliot’s liberalism in the age of high realism. Attending to publication history, genre, and narrative voice, Morrison suggests new ways to think about provincialism, liberalism, and women’s networked authorship in the nineteenth century.
[A] groundbreaking interdisciplinary book, linking Victorian literature and culture and the history of architecture and design and based on extensive research in British and American archives. Kevin A. Morrison innovatively intersects material culture and political theory in understanding nineteenth-century liberalism.
-MLA Prize citation
Leading an effective study-abroad program can be complicated, and those undertaking this exciting and challenging role will find this book both thoughtful and helpful. . . .The strengths of this book are many and make it a worthwhile read, especially for faculty who may be leading a study-abroad program for the first time, though veterans will find many topics of interest as well.
- Julianne Smith, Journal of Experiential Education
Morrison has chosen a topic that has rarely been discussed or even recognized—namely child-rearing, the implementation of values, and “how living one’s life as a liberal extended to parenting.” . . . [B]y choosing Morley as the instantiating figure of liberal parenting, Morrison is able to show that liberalism might be detectable not only at the level of certain first-order values determining goals and everyday choices but also on the meta-level about how to conduct discussions, make values explicit, and structure our lives.
- Adam Tamas Tuboly, Victorian Review
Award-winning finalist in Anthologies:
International Book Awards (2019)
The volume is a veritable gold mine of miscellaneous information on Victorian and Edwardian writers of fiction.
- William Baker, The Year's Work in English Studies
Concrete, rhetorically rich, impactful, and engaging in multimodal literacy, this timely volume is an essential contribution to writing scholarship on demystifying the role of seminar essay writing in graduate-level and professional literary studies.
- Julia Istomina, The Yale Graduate Writing Lab, The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University
[P]rovides an integral contribution to the history of publishing and of literary production, and to studies of liberalism and reform as they appeared at the end of the century.
- Peter Katz, Victorians Institute Journal