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Readership: readers of journals like PMLA, ELH, Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Studies in
English Literature, Journal of Victorian Culture; scholars of Victorian literature with a strong interest in material culture and the new economic criticism.
Talia Schaffer, Associate Professor of English, Queens College & the Graduate Center at the City University of New York
"Talia Schaffer's Novel Craft is an original contribution to the field pf Victorian studies with its focus on what the author herself acknowledges is a neglected and undervaluded cultural practise of the period ... her book is a valuable contribution to teh field of nineteeth-century cultural and literary studies and more generally, to continuing debates about the nature, role and purpose of handicraft in contemporary society." - Phillippa Bennett, The Journal of William Morris Studies
"In superb close readings [...] Schaffer tracks the meanings, desires and anxieties invested in novels as handiwork." - Trev Broughton,
Times Literary Supplement
Introduction: How to Read Wax Coral, and Why
Chapter 1. Women's Work: The History of the Victorian Domestic Handicraft
Chapter 2. Ephemerality: The Cranford Papers
Chapter 3. Preservation: The Daisy and the Chain
Chapter 4. Salvage: Betty as the Mutual Friend
Chapter 5: Connoisseurship: Giving Credit to Phoebe Junior