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- DescriptionIn the early nineteenth century there was a sudden vogue for vels centering on the glamour of aristocratic social and political life. Such vels, attractive as they were to middle-class readers, were condemned by contemporary critics as dangerously seductive, crassly commercial, designed for the 'masses' and utterly unworthy of regard. Until recently, silver-fork vels have eluded serious consideration and been overshadowed by authors such as Jane Austen. They were influenced by Austen at their very deepest levels, but were paradoxically drummed out of history by the very can-makers who were using Austen's name to establish their own legitimacy. This first modern full-length study of the silver-fork vel argues that these vels were in fact tools of persuasion, vels deliberately aimed at bringing the British middle classes into an alliance with an aristocratic program of political reform.
- Author BiographyEdward Copeland is Emeritus Professor of English at Pomona College, Claremont, California.
- PrizesWinner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2013.
- Author(s)Edward Copeland
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication21/06/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
- Series Part/Volume Number81
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note6 b/w illus.
- Weight580 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine19 mm
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