The best critical books afford readers new perspectives not only on familiar nineteenth-century texts, but also on something yet more familiar and perhaps therefore even more in need of a fresh view: their own lives as readers, critics, teachers, colleagues, partners, friends, and parents. Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction is such a book. Talia Schaffer’s description and theorization of a world that is profoundly, imperfectly interrelational, one in which we are immersed in networks where our varied roles shift and change around the fulcrum of care, is both deeply Victorian and urgently contemporary. Readers will find in it a paradigm for thinking about the history of the novel and its representation of individual subjectivity and complex social groupings, and they will find in Schaffer a writer dedicated to thinking communally about how to use the tools we have honed as scholars to build better communities and...
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Book Review| March 01 2023
Review: Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction, by Talia Schaffer
Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction.
Princeton University Press,
2021. Pp. xx + 274. $45.
Emily Allen is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University and Director of the Blue Sky Teaching and Learning Laboratory at Purdue's John Martinson Honors College. She is the author of Theater Figures: The Production of the Nineteenth-Century British Novel (2003). She is also coauthor, with Dino Felluga, of Novel-Poetry: The Shape of the Real and the Problem of Form, currently under review for publication.
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Nineteenth-Century Literature (2023) 77 (4): 253–256.
Emily Allen; Review: Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction, by Talia Schaffer. Nineteenth-Century Literature 1 March 2023; 77 (4): 253–256. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2023.77.4.253
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