The Ethical Turn

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The Ethical Turn. / Mitchell, Rebecca N.

Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. ed. / Dennis Denisoff; Talia Schaffer. Routledge, 2019. p. 226-236.

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Harvard

Mitchell, RN 2019, The Ethical Turn. in D Denisoff & T Schaffer (eds), Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. Routledge, pp. 226-236.

APA

Mitchell, R. N. (2019). The Ethical Turn. In D. Denisoff, & T. Schaffer (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature (pp. 226-236). Routledge.

Vancouver

Mitchell RN. The Ethical Turn. In Denisoff D, Schaffer T, editors, Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. Routledge. 2019. p. 226-236

Author

Mitchell, Rebecca N. / The Ethical Turn. Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. editor / Dennis Denisoff ; Talia Schaffer. Routledge, 2019. pp. 226-236

Bibtex

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