A New Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture by Herbert F. Tucker

By Herbert F. Tucker

The Victorian interval used to be a time of speedy cultural swap, which ended in a major and sundry literary output. A New better half to Victorian Literature and Culture bargains skilled assistance to the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its social and historic context. This revised and elevated version contains contributions from over 30 top students who, drawing close the Victorian epoch from diverse positions and traditions, delve into the unruly complexities of the Victorian imagination.

Divided into 5 components, this new spouse surveys seven a long time of historical past earlier than analyzing the keys levels in a Victorian existence, the major professions and walks of existence, the most important Victorian literary genres, and how Victorians outlined their people, their houses, and their nationwide identities. very important themes corresponding to sexuality, denominational religion, social type, and worldwide empire tell each one chapter’s procedure. every one bankruptcy offers a accomplished bibliography of verified and rising scholarship.

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Melbourne was in his mid-50s upon his appointment as prime minister in 1834 and therefore presumably at the height of his powers if he chose to use them. It was an open question whether or not he would. Elegant, languid, debonair, with a political record at best equivocal on the major issues of the day, the jotter of numerous cynical reflections on society in his commonplace book, Melbourne told his secretary, upon being offered the reins of government, that it was “a damned bore” to decide whether or not to accept.

One striking symbol of transition is Grey’s successor as the leader of the Whigs. William Lamb, second Viscount Melbourne, was the last prime minister ever to be dismissed unilaterally by a reigning monarch and the first to become prime minister as the result of a general election, against that monarch’s will. Melbourne was in his mid-50s upon his appointment as prime minister in 1834 and therefore presumably at the height of his powers if he chose to use them. It was an open question whether or not he would.

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. New York: Barnes and Noble. 2 1851 Antony H. Harrison Revolution and Reform Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” (ca.  . the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.

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