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By Talia Schaffer

Novel Craft explores an fascinating and under-studied element of cultural existence in Victorian England: household handicrafts, the ornamental pursuit that predated the humanities and Crafts flow. Talia Schaffer argues that the handicraft circulation served with the intention to critique the fashionable industrially produced commodity and the swiftly rising business capitalism of the 19th century. Her argument is illustrated with the 4 pivotal novels that shape her study's core-Gaskell's Cranford, Yonge's The Daisy Chain, Dickens's Our Mutual Friend, and Oliphant's Phoebe Junior. every one beneficial properties numerous handicrafts that subtly objective to subvert the socioeconomic alterations being wrought via industrialization. Schaffer is going past easy textual research by way of shaping each one bankruptcy round the person craft on the middle of every novel (paper for Cranford, flora and comparable arts in The Daisy Chain, garbage and salvage in Our Mutual Friend, and the contrasting ethos of arts and crafts connoisseurship in Phoebe Junior). The household handicraft additionally allows self-referential research of the textual content itself; in scenes of craft construction (and destruction), the authors articulate the paintings they wish their very own fictions practice. The handicraft additionally turns into a locus for critiquing modern aesthetic traits, with the novels maintaining an alternate imaginative and prescient of creating price and realizing paintings. a piece that mixes cultural heritage and literary stories, Novel Craft highlights how awareness to the handicraft movement's significantly substitute perspectives of materiality, intake, creation, illustration, and subjectivity offers a clean viewpoint at the significant alterations that formed the Victorian novel as a whole.

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