Category: Literary Victorian Criticism

Laurence Kitzan's Victorian Writers and the Image of Empire: The Rose-Colored PDF

By Laurence Kitzan

Writers of imperial fiction within the interval 1840-1914 created a robust picture of the British Empire that used to be frequently stressed with the empire because it truly existed. Even within the Forties, many folks in Britain and the British Dominions nonetheless approved the stereotypical view that the British Empire was once a hugely ethical construction. This ebook reviews the literature of imperialism within the Victorian and Edwardian sessions to teach how this picture of empire used to be created and the way it built such energy. the quantity concentrates at the works of significant writers of imperialism, resembling Rudyard Kipling, H. Rider Haggard, John Buchan, and G. A. Henty, but additionally seems widely on the writings of much less commonly used figures, similar to Robert Ballantyne and W.H.G. Kingston.

Many of the texts produced by means of those writers have been books for boys, and so they have been very hot. They have been usually given as presents and have been offered as prizes in colleges. The books created a portrait of the British Empire as a spot for cost, the discovering of treasure, the strengthening of non secular ideals and ethical education, and the operation of codes of habit for gents. They emphasised braveness and the willingness to stand loss of life within the carrier of england, they usually urged that the features of excellent voters have been similar to these of fine imperialists. This used to be a comforting and influential thought in the course of a interval of imperial acquisition.

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Download e-book for kindle: The Alice Books and the Contested Ground of the Natural by Laura White

By Laura White

Though well known opinion might have us see Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the taking a look Glass and What Alice came upon There as whimsical, nonsensical, and carefully stress-free tales advised typically for kids; modern examine has proven us there's a enormously larger intensity to the tales than could been noticeable initially look. construction at the now renowned proposal among Alice fanatics, that the Alice books - at center - were meant for adults in addition to young ones, Laura White takes present examine in a brand new, attention-grabbing course. in the course of the Victorian period of the book’s unique book, principles approximately nature and our relation to nature have been altering significantly. The Alice Books and the Contested floor of the flora and fauna argues that Lewis Carroll used the book’s attraction, wit, and sometimes complicated conclusions to counter the rising traits of the time which favorite Darwinism and theories of evolution and challenged the then-conventional taking into account the connection among mankind and nature. notwithstanding a scientist and ardent pupil of nature himself, Carroll used his famously playful language, wonderful worlds and marvelous, frequently most unlikely characters to aid extra the normal, Christian ideology of the time within which mankind holds absolute sovereignty over animals and nature.

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W. David Shaw's The Ghost behind the Masks: The Victorian Poets and PDF

By W. David Shaw

In The Ghost in the back of the Masks, W. David Shaw traces
Shakespeare’s impression on 9 Victorian poets: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning,
Christina Rossetti, Thomas Hardy, Matthew Arnold, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Algernon Swinburne,
Arthur Hugh Clough, and George Meredith. usually, he writes, the transparency of Shakespeare's
impression on Victorian poets and the measure in their engagement with Shakespeare exist in
inverse ratio. rather than imitating a play by means of Shakespeare or in basic terms quoting his traces, a
Victorian poet could include extra elusive components of rhetoric and magnificence, adapting them to his or
her personal ends.

Shaw argues that the main Shakespearean characteristic of the
Victorian poets isn't their dependancy to any specific trope or determine of speech yet their
reticence, the classical restraint in their nice monologues, and their surprising descent from
grandeur to simplicity. He explores such issues as man-made legislations as opposed to traditional correct, Stoic
fatalism as opposed to self-reliance, and the sanity of lunatics, fanatics, and poets as opposed to the madness
of common minds.

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Read e-book online Charles Dickens and the Victorian Child: Romanticizing and PDF

By Amberyl Malkovich

This ebook explores the tips of youngsters and early life, and the build of the ‘ideal’ Victorian baby, that built swiftly over the Victorian period besides literacy and interpreting fabric for the rising mass examining public. Children’s Literature used to be one of many constructing components for publishers and readers alike, but this didn't cease the analyzing public from bringing domestic works no longer expressly meant for kids and studying to their relatives. in the idealized center classification family members circle, authors similar to Charles Dickens have been learn and preferred through individuals of every age. by means of studying a few of Dickens’s works that include the imperfect baby, and putting them along works via Kingsley, MacDonald, Stretton, Rossetti, and Nesbit, Malkovich considers the development, romanticization, and socialization of the Victorian baby inside of paintings learn via and for kids in the course of the Victorian period and early Edwardian interval. those authors use parts of faith, dying, irony, fairy worlds, gender, and sophistication to demonstrate the necessity for the best baby and but the impossibility of any such build. Malkovich contends that the ‘imperfect’ baby extra with no trouble displays truth, while the ‘ideal’ baby displays an impossible fable and whereas debates rage over how to find children’s literature, such young children, notwithstanding slightly replaced, can nonetheless be present in the preferred of literatures learn via kids contemporarily.

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Download PDF by Julian Wolfreys: Victorian Hauntings: Spectrality, Gothic, the Uncanny and

By Julian Wolfreys

Victorian Hauntings asks its reader to think about the subsequent questions:
What does it suggest to learn or write with ghosts, or to indicate that acts of interpreting or writing are haunted ? In what methods can authors within the 19th century be learn so one can recognize a number of the phantom results which go back inside their texts ? In what methods do the strains of such " ghost writing " floor within the works of Dickens,Tennyson,Eliot and Hardy ? How does the paintings of spectrality, revenance and the uncanny rework materially either the varieties of the literary within the Victorian period and our reception of it this present day? starting with an expoloration of issues of haunting,the uncanny,the gothic and the spectral, Julian Wolfreys lines the ghostly resonances at paintings in Victorian writing and the way such patience addresses isues of reminiscence and accountability which hang-out the paintings of reading.
'Taking the favourite style of the Gothic as some degree of departure and revisiting it via Derridean concept, Wolfreys' booklet, the 1st software of "hauntology" to the area of Victorian stories is a impressive fulfillment. Wolfreys by no means reduces analyzing to instrumentality yet continues to be alert to all of the possibilities of the texts he reads with a good realization to their idiosyncrasies. Victorian Hauntings should still deliver a brand new tone to Victorian reports, this shrewdpermanent publication is sort of ideal. - Jean Michel Rabate, Professor of English, collage of Pennsylvania

'You'd must be useless to understand extra approximately ghosts than Julian Wolfreys.' Martin McQuillan, collage of Leeds

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Download e-book for kindle: In Darkest London: The Gothic Cityscape in Victorian by Jamieson Ridenhour

By Jamieson Ridenhour

During the nineteenth century, London used to be a fancy, bright, and multi-faceted urban, the 1st precise city. As such, it contained inside it a greatly disparate array of worlds and cultures. Representations of London in literature diverse simply as generally. within the past due 1830s, London began to appear as a website of literary terror, and via the top of the century a wide share of the $64000 Victorian “Gothic revival” novels have been set within the urban: The unusual Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The photograph of Dorian Gray, The 3 Impostors, The Beetle, Dracula, and plenty of others.

In Darkest London is a full-length examine of the Victorian city Gothic, a pervasive mode that looks not just in effortless novels of terror like these pointed out above but in addition within the works of mainstream authors similar to Charles Dickens and within the journalism and commute literature of the time. during this quantity, writer Jamieson Ridenhour seems past extensive concerns of the Gothic as a old mode to discover the advance of London and the concurrent upward thrust of the city Gothic. He additionally considers very particular facets of London’s illustration in those works and attracts upon fresh and then-contemporary theories, shut readings of appropriate texts, and cartography to help and extend those ideas.

This ebook examines the paintings of either canonical and non-canonical authors, together with Dickens, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, G.W.M. Reynolds, Richard Marsh, Arthur Machen, Marie Belloc Lowndes, and Oscar Wilde. putting the conventions of the Gothic shape of their right old context, In Darkest London will entice students and scholars attracted to an in-depth survey of the city Gothic.

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Get Kegan Paul - A Victorian Imprint: Publishers, Books, and PDF

By Leslie Howsam

The Kegan Paul imprint used to be created and its recognition for a individual record of titles demonstrated in the course of a forty-year interval from 1871 to 1911. numerous publishers, and their organizations, have been occupied with the improvement of the imprint in this interval, starting with Henry S. King and corporate, and following in 1877 with Charles Kegan Paul and his accomplice Alfred Chenevix Trench. A monetary concern in 1889 pressured an amalgamation with different companies and the hot enterprise replaced managers periodically till George Routledge and Son took over the enterprise in 1911.

Leslie Howsam combines biography and analytic bibliography in her learn of the Kegan Paul imprint to illustrate the price of publishing background as a contribution to the scholarly research of the ebook. Basing her study on extensive paintings within the company's surviving files and supplemented by way of wide library paintings with the particular books, Howsam seems to be on the wide variety of important titles released for the imprint. additionally, she reconstructs a biographical and company historical past of the enterprise according to released and unpublished money owed of the participants concerned, together with the publishers and their households, and appears on the results of adjusting company practices.

The concentration of Victorian Imprint Kegan Paul is the duality of imprint: the publisher's imprint upon a listing of books, and publisher's personalities, the imprint in their style and judgment at the tradition during which they lived.

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Download e-book for kindle: Syphilis in Victorian Literature and Culture: Medicine, by Monika Pietrzak-Franger

By Monika Pietrzak-Franger

This ebook addresses the obvious yet unexplored intertwining of visibility and invisibility within the discourses round syphilis. A rethinking of the sickness as regards to its ambiguous prestige, and the methods of due to the fact that it generated, is helping think again the community of socio-cultural and political interrelations that have been negotiated via syphilis, thereby additionally elevating higher questions on its functionality within the building of person, nationwide and imperial identities. This publication is the 1st large-scale interdisciplinary examine of syphilis in past due Victorian Britain whose importance lies in its exceptional cognizance to the multimedia and multi-discursive evocations of syphilis. An exam of the heterogeneous assets that it bargains, lots of that have as much as this aspect escaped severe realization, makes it attainable to bare the complicated and poly-ideological purposes for the activation of syphilis imagery and its symbolic functionality in past due Victorian culture. 

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Get Precocious Children and Childish Adults: Age Inversion in PDF

By Claudia Nelson

Especially obvious in Victorian-era writings is a rhetorical tendency to liken adults to youngsters and youngsters to adults. Claudia Nelson examines this literary phenomenon and explores the ways that writers mentioned the child-adult courting in this period.

Though faraway from ubiquitous, the phrases "child-woman," "child-man," and "old-fashioned baby" seem frequently adequate in Victorian writings to steered serious questions about the motivations and meanings of such generational border crossings. Nelson conscientiously considers using those phrases and connects invocations of age inversion to advancements in post-Darwinian clinical pondering and attitudes approximately gender roles, social type, sexuality, strength, and financial mobility.

She brilliantly analyzes canonical works of Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, William Makepeace Thackeray, Bram Stoker, and Robert Louis Stevenson along lesser-known writings to illustrate the variety of literary age inversion and its profound effect on Victorian culture.

By contemplating the whole context of Victorian age inversion, Precocious teenagers and infantile Adults illuminates the complex development of tension and hope that creates such ambiguity within the writings of the time. students of Victorian literature and tradition, in addition to readers attracted to children’s literature, youth reviews, and gender reviews, will welcome this wonderful paintings from an incredible determine within the field.

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Download e-book for kindle: Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England by Ian Ward

By Ian Ward

The Victorians fearful approximately many stuff, widespread between their concerns being the 'condition' of britain and the 'question' of its ladies. intercourse, Crime and Literature in Victorian England revisits those specific anxieties, concentrating extra heavily upon 4 'crimes' which generated especial main issue among contemporaries: adultery, bigamy, infanticide and prostitution. every one engaged questions of sexuality and its law, felony, ethical and cultural, for which cause each one attracted the enormous curiosity not only of attorneys and parliamentarians, but additionally novelists and poets and maybe most significantly those that, in ever-larger numbers, cherished to go their relaxation hours examining approximately intercourse and crime. along statutes corresponding to the 1857 Matrimonial explanations Act and the 1864 Contagious ailments Act, intercourse, Crime and Literature in Victorian England contemplates these texts which formed Victorian attitudes in the direction of England's 'condition' and the 'question' of its ladies: the novels of Dickens, Thackeray and Eliot, the works of sensationalists corresponding to Ellen wooden and Mary Braddon, and the poetry of Gabriel and Christina Rossetti. intercourse, Crime and Literature in Victorian England is a richly contextual statement on a serious interval within the evolution of contemporary felony and cultural attitudes to the relation of crime, sexuality and the family.

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