Book Review: Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction by Talia Schaffer

Aleksandar STEVIĆ*

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Abstract

Talia Schaffer’s Communities of Care is an exceptionally ambitious volume that combines at least two distinct goals. As an exercise in Victorian literary and cultural history, it seeks to understand the workings and failures of care in the fiction of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry James and Charlotte Yonge. As a broader ethical and political exploration, it is a fundamentally didactic project that draws on the lessons of Victorian fiction in order to teach us how to turn care into the modus operandi of not only literary criticism but academic life itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-100
JournalLiterature and History
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date31 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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