Victorians Institute Journal

Victorians Institute. NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS MONIKA BROWN is Assistant Professor of English at Pembroke State University , a branch of The University of North Carolina . She teaches writing , British literature , world literature ...

Author: Victorians Institute


ISBN: UCAL:B3782339

Category: American literature


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After the Victorians

Victorians. Peter. Mandler. and. Susan. Pedersen. “In or about December, 1910, human character changed.” What Virginia Woolf meant by this famous dictum was, of course, that in or about 1910 her intellectual friends began to perceive ...

Author: John Leonard Clive

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415070560

Category: Social Science

Page: 265

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Written by a team of eminent historians, these essays explore how ten twentieth-century intellectuals and social reformers sought to adapt such familiar Victorian values as `civilisation', `domesticity', `conscience' and `improvement' to modern conditions of democracy, feminism and mass culture. Covering such figures as J.M. Keynes, E.M. Forster and Lord Reith of the BBC, these interdisciplinary studies scrutinize the children of the Victorians at a time when their private assumptions and public positions were under increasing strain in a rapidly changing world. After the Victorians is written in honour of the late Professor John Clive of Harvard, and uses, as he did, the method of biography to connnect the public and private lives of the generations who came after the Victorians.
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Ladybird Histories Victorians

How the Victorians Influenced Us The Victorian era is sometimes called the start of the modern age. Once you start to look around, you can see signs of the Victorians everywhere. In fact, it is impossible to imagine our lives today ...


Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780723291954

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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This history title from Ladybird is the ideal homework help book for primary school children who are learning about the Victorians at school. Packed with everything a child needs to know about Victorian life and times, it is perfect for all school project work, with a timeline, glossary and index for easy reference. Fully illustrated and full of interesting bite-size facts, Ladybird Histories: Victorians features information about what people wore, what jobs they did, how they lived, children's lives, and notable people of the period including Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and key social reformers.
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Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature

The response of early Victorians— both individually and collectively—to the Roman Catholic saints was one of intense anxiety. That the Victorians would have such an anxious response to the saints is not surprising.

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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Our Lady of Victorian Feminism

See Krasner, 55-73,- Redinger, 465-67,- Neufeldt, 44, 47-53, Waxman, 1 15-26 (she argues that gypsies served as heroes to the Victorians but sees Fedalma as an ambiguous model),- but cf. Marks, 186-90. Deborah Nord, however, has the ...

Author: Kimberly VanEsveld Adams


ISBN: UOM:39015050482267

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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Our Lady of Victorian Feminism is about three nineteenth-century women, Protestants by background and feminists by conviction, who are curiously and crucially linked by their extensive use of the Madonna in arguments designed to empower women. In the field of Victorian studies, few scholars have looked beyond the customary identification of the Christian Madonna with the Victorian feminine ideal--the domestic Madonna or the Angel in the House. Kimberly VanEsveld Adams shows, however, that these three Victorian writers made extensive use of the Madonna in feminist arguments. They were able to see this figure in new ways, freely appropriating the images of independent, powerful, and wise Virgin Mothers. In addition to contributions in the fields of literary criticism, art history, and religious studies, Our Lady of Victorian Feminism places a needed emphasis on the connections between the intellectuals and the activists of the nineteenth-century women's movement. It also draws attention to an often neglected strain of feminist thought, essentialist feminism, which proclaimed sexual equality as well as difference, enabling the three writers to make one of their most radical arguments, that women and men are made in the image of the Virgin Mother and the Son, the two faces of the divine.
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The Persistence of Victorian Liberalism

Katherine Heasman's contention that the evangelicals must be counted among the many hands which laid the foundations of the social services of the twentieth century " should not be taken too seriously.25 Nor should Victorian ...

Author: Robert F. Haggard

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313313059

Category: History

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Examines the question of where to locate the ideological break between "classical liberalism" and the underlying principles of the modern Welfare State.
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Twenty First Century Perspectives on Victorian Literature

changed radically, our understanding of and approach to literary study in general and the Victorian period in particular. Contributors were given wide latitude to deal with their topics as they chose. As a result, the volume is an ...

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.
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Science and Religion in Neo Victorian Novels

The neo-Victorian novels discussed in this book take up the matter of how Victorians and their immediate predecessors, and to some degree we ourselves, negotiate between science and religion, or perhaps grasp only one or the other, ...

Author: John Glendening

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134088270

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has expanded rapidly in the last fifteen years but given little attention to the engagement between science and religion. Of great interest to Victorians, this subject often appears in neo-Victorian novels including those by such well-known authors as John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Graham Swift, and Mathew Kneale. This book discusses novels in which nineteenth-century science, including geology, paleontology, and evolutionary theory, interacts with religion through accommodations, conflicts, and crises of faith. In general, these texts abandon conventional religion but retain the ethical connectedness and celebration of life associated with spirituality at its best. Registering the growth of nineteenth-century secularism and drawing on aspects of the romantic tradition and ecological thinking, they honor the natural world without imagining that it exists for humans or functions in reference to human values. In particular, they enact a form of wonderment: the capacity of the mind to make sense of, creatively adapt, and enjoy the world out of which it has evolved — in short, to endow it with meaning. Protagonists who come to experience reality in this expansive way release themselves from self-anxiety and alienation. In this book, Glendening shows how, by intermixing past and present, fact and fiction, neo-Victorian narratives, with a few instructive exceptions, manifest this pattern.
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The Nail in the Skull and Other Victorian Urban Legends

Uneven Collection A final complication in Victorian print folklore is the way that some narratives were neglected because they were judged to be improper. Communities find it easier to address publicly some folklore themes than others.

Author: Simon Young

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496839442

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

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In the last fifty years, folklorists have amassed an extraordinary corpus of contemporary legends including the “Choking Doberman,” the “Eaten Ticket,” and the “Vanishing Hitchhiker.” But what about the urban legends of the past? These legends and tales have rarely been collected, and when they occasionally appear, they do so as ancestors or precursors of the urban legends of today, rather than as stories in their own right. In The Nail in the Skull and Other Victorian Urban Legends, Simon Young fills this gap for British folklore (and for the wider English-speaking world) of the 1800s. Young introduces seventy Victorian urban legends ranging from “Beetle Eyes” to the “Shoplifter’s Dilemma” and from “Hands in the Muff” to the “Suicide Club.” While a handful of these stories are already known, the vast majority have never been identified, and they have certainly never received scholarly treatment. Young begins the volume with a lengthy introduction assessing nineteenth-century media, emphasizing the importance of the written word to the perpetuation and preservation of these myths. He draws on numerous nineteenth-century books, periodicals, and ephemera, including digitized newspaper archives—particularly the British Newspaper Archive, an exciting new hunting ground for folklorists. The Nail in the Skull and Other Victorian Urban Legends will appeal to an academic audience as well as to anyone who is interested in urban legends.
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A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction

He represents , as one critic puts it , the great submerged force of Victorian libido breaking out to punish the repressive society which had imprisoned it ' , 5 A ' missionary of desire ' , 56 the vampire brings sexual enlightenment ...

Author: Robert Mighall

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199262187

Category: Literary Criticism

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This is the first major full-length study of Victorian Gothic fiction. Combining original readings of familiar texts with a rich store of historical sources, A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction is an historicist survey of nineteenth-century Gothic writing--from Dickens to Stoker, Wilkie Collins to Conan Doyle, through European travelogues, sexological textbooks, ecclesiastic histories and pamphlets on the perils of self-abuse. Critics have thus far tended to concentrate on specific angles of Gothic writing (gender or race), or the belief that the Gothic 'returned' at the so-called fin de si�cle. Robert Mighall, by contrast, demonstrates how the Gothic mode was active throughout the Victorian period, and provides historical explanations for its development from late eighteenth century, through the 'Urban Gothic' fictions of the mid-Victorian period, the 'Suburban Gothic' of the Sensation vogue, through to the somatic horrors of Stevenson, Machen, Stoker, and Doyle at the century's close. Mighall challenges the psychological approach to Gothic fiction which currently prevails, demonstrating the importance of geographical, historical, and discursive factors that have been largely neglected by critics, and employing a variety of original sources to demonstrate the contexts of Gothic fiction and explain its development in the Victorian period.
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