Out Now: _Towards an Aisthetics of the Victorian Novel: Senses and Sensations_ by Nadine Böhm-Schnitker

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Towards an Aisthetics of the Victorian Novel: Senses and Sensations has just been published by Routledge. In her study, PD Dr. Nadine Böhm-Schnitker establishes a new analytical method in the broader context of sensory studies in order to explain how the genre of the novel can impact on our perception of ourselves and our social contexts. Taking cultural literary studies ahead, the book re-integrates aesthetics – a much fraught concept in cultural studies that long favoured ‘popular’ over ‘high culture’ – into cultural studies as aisthetics in the word’s root sense of ‘perception’. Zooming in on period shifts and changes in taste spanning realism, sensation fiction and aestheticism, aisthetics reveals how these shifts also pertain to new ways of perceiving in selected novels by George Eliot, Wilkie Collins and Vernon Lee. Connecting Victorian and current literary theories, aisthetics helps explore the way in which the novel can shape the way we perceive the world, what remains excluded from the realm of the perceivable and how our conduct is consequently always also influenced by the dominant genres of our time.

Further information, please see: https://www.routledge.com/Towards-an-Aisthetics-of-the-Victorian-Novel-Senses-and-Sensations/Bohm-Schnitker/p/book/9781032472904.