The Blackwell Companion to Victorian Literature - Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture (Paperback)Herbert F. Tucker (editor)
Paperback 500 Pages / Published: 31/10/1998
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Thirty prominent Victorianists from around the world collaborate here in a multidimensional analysis of the breadth and sweep of modern Britain's longest literary epoch. Four initial chapters of historical overview focus on climactic years (1832, 1848, 1870, 1897) in which accumulated forces for change precipitated new Victorian directions. Four chapters from Part II examine in childhood, adolescence, ageing and death the chief phases of an individual life and their literary representations, while a fifth considers how pervasively Victorian lives were inflected by sexuality. Part III expands the midmost life phase, working adulthood, to survey prominent Victorian careers, with chapters on religion, medicine, education, law, bureaucracy, the military, banking, industry, commerce, spectacle and publishing. While each chapter of "The Companion" highlights literary aspects of its topic, literature as such takes centre stage in Part IV, which comprises separate chapters on the genres of poetry, fiction, sage writing, life writing, drama, and literary criticism. The book concludes with three essays that investigate Victorians' conception of their world as defined by the maintenance and transgression of borders: between body and environment, home and street, nation and globe.
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages: 500
Dimensions: 246 x 171 mm
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