Victorian Literature

Victorian Literature

For more than half a century, Victorian literature has been allied in college and university courses with Victorian Studies, the interdisciplinary examination of the era. It is now accepted that Victorian literature should be read ...

Author: Victor Shea

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405188654

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1008

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"Victorian Literature" is a comprehensive and fully annotated anthology with a flexible design that allows teachers and students to pursue traditional or innovative lines of inquiry. Included in this collection are 105 of the period's prose, poetry, drama, and nonfiction writers, including such canonical authors as Tennyson, Arnold, the Brownings, Carlyle, Ruskin, the Rossettis, Wilde, Eliot, and the Brontes. Fifty authors are women. In addition to selections from the major authors of the period, the volume promotes an ideologically and culturally varied view of Victorian society by including women, working-class, colonial, gay and lesbian writers, and dialect poets. These selections offer readers the opportunity to study new voices beyond the canon. There are 5 contextual sections covering the Condition of England; Gender, Women, and Sexuality; Literature and the Arts; Religion and Science; and Empire. These contexts are interdisciplinary in nature and examine the social, cultural, artistic, and historical factors at play during the period. They also contain unexpected sub-sections on topics of recent scholarship, such as environmentalism and animal rights; mass literacy and mass media; sex and sexuality; Victorian childhood; melodrama and comedy; the Irish question; ruling India and the Indian Mutiny; innovations in print culture; and the science of race. The coverage is further expanded with an extensive website for teachers and students that presents additional contextual readings (each with new sub-sections, such as Orientalism, ecclesiastical parties, literature and new technologies, law and the sexual subject), visual materials, audio recordings, maps, chronologies, and thematic indexes. These are fully integrated with the text and include detailed annotations about names, places, events, allusions, and leading ideas. From the canon to its extensions to its contexts, this website is a fresh and exciting introduction to the diversity of the Victorian age.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Victorian Literature

Victorian Literature

3 Miles Taylor, 'Introduction', in The Victorians Since 1901: Histories, Representations and Revisions, ed. Miles Taylor and Michael Wolff ... 9 Philip Davis, Why Victorian Literature Still Matters (Oxford: WilyBlackwell, 2008), 1.

Author: John Plunkett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350309470

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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An anthology of both familiar and previously unavailable primary texts that illuminate the world of nineteenth-century ideas. An expert team introduce and annotate a range of original social, cultural, political and historical documents necessary for contextualising key literary texts from the Victorian period.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Twenty First Century Perspectives on Victorian Literature

Twenty First Century Perspectives on Victorian Literature

The Genre ofAutobiography in Victorian Literature. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994. Marcus, Steven. The Other Victorians: A Study of Sexuality and Pornography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England. New York: Basic Books, 1966.

Author: Laurence W. Mazzeno

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442232341

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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This is an eclectic collection of essays from a group of international scholars tackling various subjects on Victorian literature—from studies of specific authors such Charles Dickens’ early and later works, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and novels by Thomas Hardy to more general discussions, such as the depictions of women in Victorian novels.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Victorian Literature and Finance

Victorian Literature and Finance

Pettitt, Clare, Patent Inventions: Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2004). Pollard, Arthur, (ed.), The Representation ofBusiness in Literature, (London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2000).

Author: Francis O'Gorman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199281923

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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This book analyses relationships between writing and the financial structures of the 19th century. What emerges is a remarkable set of imaginative connections between literature and Victorian finance, including women and the culture of investment, the profits of a media age, and the uncomfortable relationship between literary and financial capital.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Victorian Literature and Culture

Victorian Literature and Culture

Literary Resources on the Net: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ jlynch/Lit/ Links to online resources such as author pages, bibliographies, e-books, new books, relevant literary societies. Literature of the Victorian Period: ...

Author: Maureen Moran

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441147936

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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This guide to Victorian Literature and Culture provides students with the ideal introduction to literature and its context from 1837-1900, including: - the historical, cultural and intellectual background including politics and economics, popular culture, philosophy - major writers and genres including the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Trollope, Thackeray, Conan Doyle, Ibsen, Shaw, Hopkins, Rossetti and Tennyson - concise explanations of key terms needed to understand the literature and criticism - key critical approaches - a chronology mapping historical events and literary works and further reading including websites and electronic resources.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Neo Victorian Literature and Culture

Neo Victorian Literature and Culture

... withthe prevalence and representation—or rather, thelack of representation—of sexual abusein Victorian literature and culture.To this end,they can beseenas an attempt to offer a 'corrective' to the Victorian past, to acknowledge the ...

Author: Nadine Boehm-Schnitker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134614769

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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This book provides a comprehensive reflection of the processes of canonization, (un)pleasurable consumption and the emerging predominance of topics and theoretical concerns in neo-Victorianism. The repetitions and reiterations of the Victorian in contemporary culture document an unbroken fascination with the histories, technologies and achievements, as well as the injustices and atrocities, of the nineteenth century. They also reveal that, in many ways, contemporary identities are constructed through a Victorian mirror image fabricated by the desires, imaginings and critical interests of the present. Providing analyses of current negotiations of nineteenth-century texts, discourses and traumas, this volume explores the contemporary commodification and nostalgic recreation of the past. It brings together critical perspectives of experts in the fields of Victorian literature and culture, contemporary literature, and neo-Victorianism, with contributions by leading scholars in the field including Rosario Arias, Cora Kaplan, Elizabeth Ho, Marie-Luise Kohlke and Sally Shuttleworth. Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture interrogates current fashions in neo-Victorianism and their ideological leanings, the resurrection of cultural icons, and the reasons behind our relationship with and immersion in Victorian culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Dirt in Victorian Literature and Culture

Dirt in Victorian Literature and Culture

Carolyn Betensky, Feeling for the Poor: Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel ... connection between literature and social management which she sees as the central feature of Victorian social problem novels.

Author: Sabine Schülting

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317392606

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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Addressing the Victorian obsession with the sordid materiality of modern life, this book studies dirt in nineteenth-century English literature and the Victorian cultural imagination. Dirt litters Victorian writing – industrial novels, literature about the city, slum fiction, bluebooks, and the reports of sanitary reformers. It seems to be "matter out of place," challenging traditional concepts of art and disregarding the concern with hygiene, deodorization, and purification at the center of the "civilizing process." Drawing upon Material Cultural Studies for an analysis of the complex relationships between dirt and textuality, the study adds a new perspective to scholarship on both the Victorian sanitation movement and Victorian fiction. The chapters focus on Victorian commodity culture as a backdrop to narratives about refuse and rubbish; on the impact of waste and ordure on life stories; on the production and circulation of affective responses to filth in realist novels and slum travelogues; and on the function of dirt for both colonial discourse and its deconstruction in postcolonial writing. They address questions as to how texts about dirt create the effect of materiality, how dirt constructs or deconstructs meaning, and how the project of writing dirt attempts to contain its excessive materiality. Schülting discusses representations of dirt in a variety of texts by Charles Dickens, E. M. Forster, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Gissing, James Greenwood, Henry James, Charles Kingsley, Henry Mayhew, George Moore, Arthur Morrison, and others. In addition, she offers a sustained analysis of the impact of dirt on writing strategies and genre conventions, and pays particular attention to those moments when dirt is recycled and becomes the source of literary creation.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Victorian Literature and the Physics of the Imponderable

Victorian Literature and the Physics of the Imponderable

Modernist Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). ... Winyard, B. and H. Furneaux, aIntroduction: Dickens, Science and the Victorian Literary Imagination«, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, ...

Author: Sarah C. Alexander

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822981886

Category: Science

Page: 256

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The Victorians are known for their commitment to materialism, evidenced by the dominance of empiricism in the sciences and realism in fiction. Yet there were other strains of thinking during the period in the physical sciences, social sciences, and literature that privileged the spaces between the material and immaterial. This book examines how the emerging language of the “imponderable” helped Victorian writers and physicists make sense of new experiences of modernity. As Sarah Alexander argues, while Victorian physicists were theorizing ether, energy and entropy, and non-Euclidean space and atom theories, writers such as Charles Dickens, William Morris, and Joseph Conrad used concepts of the imponderable to explore key issues of capitalism, imperialism, and social unrest.
Categories: Science

Pets and Domesticity in Victorian Literature and Culture

Pets and Domesticity in Victorian Literature and Culture

I have chosen the Victorian period for my analysis of human/animal domestic relations both because it saw the height of the “natural family,” the status of which was, during the midVictorian period, “elevated ... to that of an icon” ...

Author: Monica Flegel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317564850

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Addressing the significance of the pet in the Victorian period, this book examines the role played by the domestic pet in delineating relations for each member of the "natural" family home. Flegel explores the pet in relation to the couple at the head of the house, to the children who make up the family’s dependents, and to the common familial "outcasts" who populate Victorian literature and culture: the orphan, the spinster, the bachelor, and the same-sex couple. Drawing upon both animal studies and queer theory, this study stresses the importance of the domestic pet in elucidating normative sexuality and (re)productivity within the familial home, and reveals how the family pet operates as a means of identifying aberrant, failed, or perverse familial and gender performances. The family pet, that is, was an important signifier in Victorian familial ideology of the individual family unit’s ability to support or threaten the health and morality of the nation in the Victorian period. Texts by authors such as Clara Balfour, Juliana Horatia Ewing, E. Burrows, Bessie Rayner Parkes, Anne Brontë, George Eliot, Frederick Marryat, and Charles Dickens speak to the centrality of the domestic pet to negotiations of gender, power, and sexuality within the home that both reify and challenge the imaginary structure known as the natural family in the Victorian period. This book highlights the possibilities for a familial elsewhere outside of normative and restrictive models of heterosexuality, reproduction, and the natural family, and will be of interest to those studying Victorian literature and culture, animal studies, queer studies, and beyond.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature

Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature

... then, that narrowing the window of study enables a closer focus on the intersections of literary texts and cultural issues. The anxieties that emerge in early Victorian treatments of the Roman Catholic saints have their roots in the ...

Author: Devon Fisher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317061809

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Offering readings of nineteenth-century travel narratives, works by Tractarians, the early writings of Charles Kingsley, and the poetry of Alfred Tennyson, Devon Fisher examines representations of Roman Catholic saints in Victorian literature to assess both the relationship between conservative thought and liberalism and the emergence of secular culture during the period. The run-up to Victoria's coronation witnessed a series of controversial liberal reforms. While many early Victorians considered the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts (1828), the granting of civil rights to Roman Catholics (1829), and the extension of the franchise (1832) significant advances, for others these three acts signaled a shift in English culture by which authority in matters spiritual and political was increasingly ceded to individuals. Victorians from a variety of religious perspectives appropriated the lives of Roman Catholic saints to create narratives of English identity that resisted the recent cultural shift towards private judgment. Paradoxically, conservative Victorians' handling of the saints and the saints' lives in their sheer variety represented an assertion of individual authority that ultimately led to a synthesis of liberalism and conservatism and was a key feature of an emergent secular state characterized not by disbelief but by a range of possible beliefs.
Categories: Literary Criticism