Carolyn Betensky brings an original point of view and an engaging writer’s voice to bear on the well-developed subject of the Victorian social-problem novel. In her analysis, novels stage competitions for feeling and suffering between representatives of powerful and powerless classes, acting finally as self-comforting fictions for the bourgeois reader and writer. Betensky’s skills and talents as a critic are evident. The writing style is quite delightful―fresh, frank, and clear, with wonderful moments of ironic wit.(Rosemarie Bodenheimer, Boston College, author of Knowing Dickens)
About the Author
Carolyn Betensky is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island.