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The Inward Revolution

Troubled Young Men in Victorian Fiction, 1850-1880


Alex J. Tuss

The Victorian novel's depiction of the young middle-class male as he encounters the commercial ethos and the competitive marketplace serves as the starting point for The Inward Revolution. This study traces the development of the troubled young man through mid-Victorian fiction and periodicals. Set in the rich fabric of the history and social commentary of the day, the book examines characters from the novels of Charles Kingsley, Charles Dickens, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, George Eliot, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde. This examination provides a fresh reading of what the Victorians called the Woman Question. The Inward Revolution also complements contemporary feminist analysis. The book offers a new perspective on a hitherto unexplored area of Victorian studies.
Contents: The troubled young man of the middle class in Victorian literature, e.g. Yeast, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, Our Mutual Friend, Daniel Deronda, The Princess Casamassima, The Picture of Dorian Grey; social commentary on the role of the young man in society in periodicals.