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Time, domesticity and print culture in nineteenth-century Britain

Time, domesticity and print culture in nineteenth-century Britain

Damkjaer, Maria, 1983- author

This innovative study shows that nineteenth-century texts gave domesticity not just a spatial but also a temporal dimension. Novels by Dickens and Gaskell, as well as periodicals, cookery books and albums, all showed domesticity as a process. Damkjr argues that texts' material form had a profound influence on their representation of domestic time. This volume combines literary criticism with innovative readings of texts' material form. The author argues that the way writing was transmitted as monthly instalments or periodical articles contributed to its representative power. The study's focus is domestic time; it shows that writers in the 19th century were anxious to describe the middle-class home as a temporal entity and not just a spatial one

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Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Maria Damkjaer
ISBN: 1137542888, 9781137542885
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 volume : illustrations (black and white)
Series: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture
Subject: Home in literature.; Periodicals Publishing Great Britain History 19th century.; Fiction: general & literary; English literature 19th century History and criticism.; English; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Domestic relations in literature.; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Literature; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Time in literature.; Literature: history & criticism; Ireland
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781137542878


  1. List of illustrations
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Introduction: Timetabling and its failures
  4. 1. Repetition: Making Domestic Time in Bleak House and the 'Bleak House Advertiser'
  5. 2. Interruption: The Periodical Press and the Drive for Realism
  6. 3. Division into Parts: Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South and the Serial Instalment
  7. 4. Decomposition: Mrs Beeton and the Non-Linear Text
  8. Coda: Scrapbooking and the Reconfiguration of Domestic Time
  9. Notes
  10. Bibliography
  11. Index