By Herbert F. Tucker
The Victorian interval used to be a time of swift cultural swap, which ended in a major and sundry literary output. A New spouse to Victorian Literature and Culture deals skilled tips to the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its social and old context. This revised and extended variation contains contributions from over 30 top students who, coming near near the Victorian epoch from various positions and traditions, delve into the unruly complexities of the Victorian imagination.
Divided into 5 elements, this new significant other surveys seven a long time of historical past ahead of reading the keys stages in a Victorian existence, the prime professions and walks of existence, the most important Victorian literary genres, and how Victorians outlined their folks, their houses, and their nationwide identities. very important subject matters resembling sexuality, denominational religion, social category, and international empire tell every one chapter’s procedure. each one bankruptcy presents a accomplished bibliography of validated and rising scholarship.
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The commencement of one of these epochs – periodical in the history of mankind – is hailed by the sanguine as the coming of a new Millennium – a great iconoclastic reformation, by which all false gods shall be overthrown. To me such epochs appear but as the dark passages in the appointed progress of mankind – the times of greatest unhappiness to our species – passages into which we have no reason to rejoice at our entrance, save from the hope of being sooner landed on the opposite side. (318–19) While Bulwer here refers to the millennialism of the latter-day philosophes, James Mill and Bentham, and thus exhibits one of those curious and characteristic recoils from those he professes to admire, Mill and Carlyle read disquieting signs of the thirties in the prophecies of Edward Irving and other preachers predicting the approaching Second Coming.
No 24 Antony H. Harrison longer an agrarian green and pleasant land, England was a nation, according to Barrett, in which The rail-cars snort from strand to strand, Like more of Death’s White Horses. The rich preach “rights” and “future days,” And hear no angel scoffing; The poor die mute, with starving gaze On corn-ships in the offing. (“The Cry of the Human,” 1842) In the same year that Chartism emerged, the Anti-Corn Law League was formed. A wide and varied, politically savvy and well-funded constituency was soon brought together in a crusade against the protection of agricultural interests, most of them wealthy landowners.