‘To Amuse Merely as a Novel': Alton Locke (1850) and literary pleasure

Francis J O'Gorman

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCharles Kingsley
Subtitle of host publicationFaith, Flesh, and Fantasy
EditorsJonathan Conlin, Jan Marten Ivo Klaver
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429275197
ISBN (Print)9780367224912
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Cultural History


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