Margaret Oliphant and George Meredith

Edited by Rebecca N. Mitchell

Yearbook of English Studies 49

Modern Humanities Research Association

26 September 2019  •  208pp

ISBN: 978-1-781882-95-5 (paperback)

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The Yearbook of English Studies for 2019, edited by Rebecca N. Mitchell, brings together two quintessentially Victorian writers, Margaret Oliphant (1828–1897) and George Meredith (1828–1909). The two authors share a birth year and an extraordinary writerly range — as well as being successful novelists, both worked as publishers’ readers, art and book reviewers, and essayists — though their personal lives rarely intersected. Both also share the distinction of falling out of scholarly favour through much of the twentieth century, despite their significant popular and critical success in their own lifetimes. This volume leverages recently renewed interest and increased access to Oliphant’s and Meredith’s oeuvres evidenced by, for example, the publication of Routledge’s twenty-five volume Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant (2011–16) and the first academic conference devoted entirely to Meredith, held in 2015. The ten essays gathered here expand our understanding of both by situating them within a fuller range of contemporary contexts and detailing their often prescient engagement with nascent forms and themes. With an especial interest in understudied texts, including Oliphant’s journalism, literary criticism and fin-de-siècle novels, and Meredith’s early poems, along with the novels One of Our Conquerors, Rhoda Fleming, and The Shaving of Shagpat, contributors show that both authors’ publications manifest the governing social concerns of their time, even as they served as an active force in shaping developing conceptions of art, medicine, gender and authorship itself. What emerges is a revisionary account of Oliphant’s and Meredith’s work, arising from and contributing to a more nuanced understanding of the Victorian era.

Rebecca N. Mitchell is Reader in Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Birmingham.


Rebecca N. Mitchell
Margaret Oliphant's Fin-de-Siècle Novels
Elisabeth Jay
From Walter Scott to John Addington Symonds: Margaret Oliphant Confronts the Nineteenth Century
Joanne Wilkes
Mrs. Oliphant's Shopping: The Pleasures and Perils of Consumerism in Margaret Oliphant's Major Fiction
Valerie Sanders
Margaret Oliphant and the Changing World of Victorian Journalism
Joanne Shattock
George Meredith (and Margaret Oliphant) among the Pre-Raphaelites
Rebecca N. Mitchell
Diseases of City Life and One of Our Conquerors
Sally Shuttleworth
George Meredith, Labour and the Dark Body
Melissa Jenkins
George Meredith's Rhoda Fleming: Sexuality, Submission and Subversion
Alice Crossley
Epigrammatic Inheritance: ‘Writing in Lightning’ in Meredith, Wilde and Le Gallienne
Sean O'Toole
Meredith Now, and Again
Margaret Harris

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Mitchell, Rebecca N. (ed.), Margaret Oliphant and George Meredith (= Yearbook of English Studies, 49.1 (2019))

First footnote reference: 35 Margaret Oliphant and George Meredith, ed. by Rebecca N. Mitchell (= Yearbook of English Studies, 49.1 (2019)), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Mitchell, p. 47.

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Mitchell, Rebecca N. (ed.). 2019. Margaret Oliphant and George Meredith (= Yearbook of English Studies, 49.1)

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