Rebecca Rainof is an associate professor of English at the Catholic University of America. Her work has appeared in such journals as SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900 and Victorian Poetry.
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The Victorian Novel of Adulthood
Plot and Purgatory in Fictions of Maturity
By Rebecca Rainof
In The Victorian Novel of Adulthood, Rebecca Rainof confronts the conventional deference accorded the bildungsroman as the ultimate plot model and quintessential expression of Victorian nation building. The novel of maturity, she contends, is no less important to our understanding of narrative, Victorian culture, and the possibilities of fiction.Reading