Return of the Native is concerned not with the modern city but with life in the country. In what ways could the text be regarded as a ‘modern novel’, despite its rural setting?

During the 19th Century, the novel began its rise to show the struggle between ‘self’ and ‘other’. As the century progressed, authors of the time began to explore this binary divide to understand the ‘modern’. The investigation into human kind and to define and assert the self, began with a search for identity. In The […]

What is Realism, how does it work in practice, and what is its function? Chapter 50 Charles Dickens Oliver Twist

In the same way Victorian journalist Henry Mayhew reported on the life of the working classes in his articles published in the ‘London Labour and London Poor’, Dickens captures the social fabric of Victorian London at the time of his writing. Mayhew’s depictions of the London street markets evoke chaotic scenes and images that invade […]