Ian Gregor

Collaborating

Reading the Victorian Novel: Detail into Form

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It is over fifty years now since Eliot saw in literary criticism ‘a place for quiet, cooperative labour’. In the course of the last year 14 people from the University of Kent, interested in the Victorian novel, sought to put Eliot’s precept into practice by writing a book which, though containing chapters by individuals, would nevertheless, be the outcome of sustained, collaborative discussion. What follows are some reflections prompted by that experience, reflections concerned only incidentally with the particulars of the collaboration, more with the general conclusions that seemed to emerge and the light they cast on some aspects of current critical practice.

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