The Companion to the Victorian Novel provides contextual and critical information about the entire range of British fiction published between 1837 and 1901. * Provides contextual and critical information about the entire range of British fiction published during the Victorian period. * Explains issues such as Victorian religions, class structure, and Darwinism to those who are unfamiliar with them. * Comprises original, accessible chapters written by renowned and emerging scholars in the field of Victorian studies. * Ideal for students and researchers seeking up--to--the--minute coverage of contexts and trends, or as a starting point for a survey course.