This chapter considers the difficult subject of pleasure in Alton Locke (1850) and, most particularly, the difficulties in finding pleasure in reading it. Central to the argument is a question about what the relationship was for Kingsley at this point between the novel as a set of ideas—in this case principally about poverty and Chartism—and the novel understood as a work of art that needed to be, or at least could be, enjoyed. The chapter places Alton Locke in a long argument, from the nineteenth century onwards, as to what a reader gains from reading a novel and, in turn, about exactly what kind of genre fiction it is.
|Title of host publication||Charles Kingsley|
|Subtitle of host publication||Faith, Flesh, and Fantasy|
|Editors||Jonathan Conlin, Jan Marten Ivo Klaver|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Dec 2020|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Cultural History|