Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature

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 ...

Author: Devon Fisher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317061816

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.
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Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature

for what the saints offered surfaces in the writings of individuals and even within single texts. The response of early Victorians— both individually and collectively—to the Roman Catholic saints was one of intense anxiety.

Author: Devon Fisher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317061809

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.
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Victorian Reformations

See, for example, Emily Sarah Holt, Sister Rose: Or Saint Bar tholomew's Eve (London: John F. Shaw, n.d.), 271–78. ... Devon Fisher, Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature: Conservatism, Liberalism, and the Emergence of ...

Author: Miriam Elizabeth Burstein

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 9780268076382

Category: Literary Criticism

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In Victorian Reformations: Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein analyzes the ways in which Christian novelists across the denominational spectrum laid claim to popular genres—most importantly, the religious historical novel—to narrate the aftershocks of 1829, the year of Catholic Emancipation. Both Protestant and Catholic popular novelists fought over the ramifications of nineteenth-century Catholic toleration for the legacy of the Reformation. But despite the vast textual range of this genre, it remains virtually unknown in literary studies. Victorian Reformations is the first book to analyze how “high” theological and historical debates over the Reformation’s significance were popularized through the increasingly profitable venue of Victorian religious fiction. By putting religious apologists and controversialists at center stage, Burstein insists that such fiction—frequently dismissed as overly simplistic or didactic—is essential for our understanding of Victorian popular theology, history, and historical novels. Burstein reads “lost” but once exceptionally popular religious novels—for example, by Elizabeth Rundle Charles, Lady Georgiana Fullerton, and Emily Sarah Holt—against the works of such now-canonical figures as Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot, while also drawing on material from contemporary sermons, histories, and periodicals. Burstein demonstrates how these novels, which popularized Christian visions of change for a mass readership, call into question our assumptions about the nineteenth-century historical novel. In addition, her research and her conceptual frameworks have the potential to influence broader paradigms in Victorian studies and novel criticism.
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The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism

These developments were not separate from the work of the Tractarians but have their roots in its practices . ... Devon Fisher , Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature : Conservatism , Liberalism and the Emergence of ...

Author: Joanne Parker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191648274

Category: Literary Criticism

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In 1859, the historian Lord John Acton asserted: 'two great principles divide the world, and contend for the mastery, antiquity and the middle ages'. The influence on Victorian culture of the 'Middle Ages' (broadly understood then as the centuries between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance) was both pervasive and multi-faceted. This 'medievalism' led, for instance, to the rituals and ornament of the Medieval Catholic church being reintroduced to Anglicanism. It led to the Saxon Witan being celebrated as a prototypical representative parliament. It resulted in Viking raiders being acclaimed as the forefathers of the British navy. And it encouraged innumerable nineteenth-century men to cultivate the superlative beards we now think of as typically 'Victorian'—in an attempt to emulate their Anglo-Saxon forefathers. Different facets of medieval life, and different periods before the Renaissance, were utilized in nineteenth-century Britain for divergent political and cultural agendas. Medievalism also became a dominant mode in Victorian art and architecture, with 75 per cent of churches in England built on a Gothic rather than a classical model. And it was pervasive in a wide variety of literary forms, from translated sagas to pseudo-medieval devotional verse to triple-decker novels. Medievalism even transformed nineteenth-century domesticity: while only a minority added moats and portcullises to their homes, the medieval-style textiles produced by Morris and Co. decorated many affluent drawing rooms. The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism is the first work to examine in full the fascinating phenomenon of 'medievalism' in Victorian Britain. Covering art, architecture, religion, literature, politics, music, and social reform, the Handbook also surveys earlier forms of antiquarianism that established the groundwork for Victorian movements. In addition, this collection addresses the international context, by mapping the spread of medievalism across Europe, South America, and India, amongst other places.
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Medievalist Traditions in Nineteenth Century British Culture

Less well remembered than Tract XC is Newman's editorship of the Lives of the English Saints, a series that he ... as to what actually 11 Devon Fisher, Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature (London: Ashgate, 2013), 53.

Author: Clare Simmons

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781843845737

Category: Literary Criticism

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A survey of the rituals of the year in Victorian England, showing the influence of the Middle Ages.
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The Lion and the Cross

These Early Church novels were employed by churchly writers of the Victorian period to treat contemporary religious questions under the disguise of antiquity and are thus important sources for the study of Church history.

Author: Royal W. Rhodes

Publisher: Victorian Life & Literature

ISBN: UOM:39015034266075

Category: Literary Criticism

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"In this comprehensive study interrelating religious thought, history, and the topical literature of the Victorian period, Royal W. Rhodes examines more than 130 religious (and some nonreligious) novels by major and minor writers set in early Christian centuries. These Early Church novels were employed by churchly writers of the Victorian period to treat contemporary religious questions under the disguise of antiquity and are thus important sources for the study of Church history." "As various parties within the Anglican Church, Dissenters, and Roman Catholics exploited this subgenre of Victorian fiction for polemical purposes, churchmanship played a critical role in how the novelists re-created the first six hundred years of Christian history. Even secular writers like Wilkie Collins and Walter Pater used this format to address broad theological questions, such as the practice of celibacy, confession, ritualism, and the relation of Church and State. Other writers of Early Church novels discussed in this study include John Henry Newman, Charles Kingsley, Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Thomas Moore, John Mason Neale, Charlotte Yonge, Frederic Farrar, and Marie Corelli." "Rhodes's volume will be of great interest and significance to students and scholars of both Victorian literature and theological history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Victorians Institute Journal

Karen Chase is the author of Eros and Psyche , a study of the representations of mind in C. Brontë , Dickens and Eliot ... and he has recently completed a book manuscript titled Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature which ...

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ISBN: UCLA:L0103572483

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Victorian Cosmopolitanism and English Catholicity in the Mid Century Novel

Victorian Cosmopolitanism and English Catholicity in the Mid-Century Novel argues that the Creedal doctrines of “the communion of saints” and the “holy Catholic Church” provided Victorian novelists—both Roman Catholic and ...

Author: Teresa Huffman Traver

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030313470

Category: Literary Criticism

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Victorian Cosmopolitanism and English Catholicity in the Mid-Century Novel argues that the Creedal doctrines of “the communion of saints” and the “holy Catholic Church” provided Victorian novelists—both Roman Catholic and Protestant—with a means of exploring religious forms of cosmopolitanism. Building on research exploring the divisions between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism in Victorian literature and culture, Teresa Huffman Traver considers the extent to which anti-Catholicism, domesticity, and national identity were linked. Huffman Traver connects this research with cosmopolitan theory, and analyzes how the conception of Catholicity could be used to reach beyond national identity towards a transnational community. Investigating the idea of a “rooted” cosmopolitanism, grounded in the local and limited in scope, this Pivot book offers a new angle on how religion, domesticity, and national identity were constructed in nineteenth-century British culture.
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Victorian Approaches to Religion as Reflected in the Art of the Pre Raphaelites

The fact that Collinson found Catholicism incompatible with his membership strongly suggests that, though initially his fellow artists did not object to his Catholicism, there was no sympathising among them with the Church of Rome ...

Author: Éva Péteri

Publisher: Akademiai Kiado

ISBN: UOM:39015061775246

Category: Art

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"John Ruskin, the dogmatic, but at heart deeply doubtful art-critic; William Holman Hunt, the moralist artist-preacher; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the intuitive poet-painter; John Everett Millais, the conscientious realist then popular sentimentalist; and their numerous followers, represent different aspects of Pre-Raphaelitism. Yet, they were all typical Victorians, whose religious ideas give a fascinating insight into the momentous religious concerns of the age: the fervent sectarian debates of the mid-nineteenth century, the spread of agnosticism, the new Bible-interpretations called forth by scientific discoveries, and the move towards reconciliation and secularization at the end of the century."
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The Academy and Literature

The first pieces of Lord Houghton's kept it company , is the song that Elena sings at the opening A GREAT SAINT . though ... but that some of them are interminably • Thou wagg'st , but I am worn with strife , of a Roman Catholic saint ...

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