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date: 12 November 2019

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This essay considers the place of the Victorian novel in the university in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first part sets the scene with a description of the debates about philology and cramming which surrounded the introduction of English literature teaching in secondary and higher education. The second part considers in more detail the treatment of the Victorian novel in the surveys and handbooks of literary history produced by professors of English literature. The third part uncovers the presence of Victorian fiction in the English examinations at Oxford and Cambridge.

Keywords: University, Victorian Novel, Philology, Literary History, Handbooks, Cramming, Examinations

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