French Novels and the Victorians
by Juliette Atkinson
- 06 Jul 2017
'She who dares to read a single page of the hundred thousand licentious pages with which the last five years have inundated society, is lost for ever.' -- John Wilson Croker, 1836
Attitudes towards fiction in prudish Victorian England seemed very different from those of permissive 19th-century France. But how different were they really? French Novels and the Victorians overturns common assumptions and sheds new light on the literary relations in the two countries by exploring the enormous impact of French fiction on the Victorin reading public.