By Herbert F. Tucker
The Victorian interval used to be a time of swift cultural switch, which led to an immense and sundry literary output. A New spouse to Victorian Literature and Culture bargains skilled information to the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its social and old context. This revised and extended variation contains contributions from over 30 best students who, impending the Victorian epoch from diversified positions and traditions, delve into the unruly complexities of the Victorian imagination.
Divided into 5 elements, this new better half surveys seven a long time of historical past sooner than studying the keys levels in a Victorian lifestyles, the prime professions and walks of existence, the foremost Victorian literary genres, and how Victorians outlined their people, their houses, and their nationwide identities. vital themes comparable to sexuality, denominational religion, social classification, and worldwide empire tell every one chapter’s procedure. each one bankruptcy offers a accomplished bibliography of demonstrated and rising scholarship.
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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Harrison, J. F. C. (1971) The Early Victorians, 1832– 1851. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Hollingsworth, K. (1963) The Newgate Novel, 1830– 1847: Bulwer, Ainsworth, Dickens, and Thackeray. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Jordan, R. F. (1966) Victorian Architecture. Harmondsworth and Baltimore: Penguin. Stein, R. (1987) Victoria’s Year: English Literature and Culture, 1837–1838. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. Vicinus, M. (1974) The Industrial Muse: A Study of Nineteenth Century British Working-Class Literature.
Between these extremes, public rhetoric centered on the language of compromise represented by Macaulay, Russell, and Peel’s Tamworth Manifesto. Brantlinger sees in the literature of the 1830s a movement from utopian, Shelleyan politics on the liberal side, or from the corporatist Tory thinking of Southey and Coleridge on the conservative side, toward gradual social improvement. For this purpose he suggests as a fitting epigraph Macaulay’s famous aphorism “an acre of Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia” – an early intimation of the mid-Victorian gospel of progress.
Alfred Tennyson appears similarly disoriented in his search for a solid ground of faith in the early stanzas of his great poem In Memoriam (1850), a spiritual autobiography occasioned by the death of his intimate friend, Arthur Henry Hallam. This extraordinary elegy is composed of 131 lyrics of varying lengths written between 1833 and 1849. After enduring a period of virtual nihilism chronicled in the first quarter of the work, Tennyson describes his attempts to embrace traditional, consolatory Christian notions of resurrection and the afterlife, but these repeatedly fail him.
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