By Jan-Melissa Schramm
By Jan-Melissa Schramm
By Caroline McCracken-Flesher,Abigail Burnham Bloom,Oliver S. Buckton,Jenny Calder,Robert L. Caserio,Barbara Chatton,Ann C. Colley,Martin Danahay,Dennis Dennishoff,Linda Dryden
Although Robert Louis Stevenson used to be a past due Victorian, his work--especially Treasure Island and The unusual Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--still circulates energetically and across the world between well known and educational audiences and between old and young. fashionable by way of Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jorge Luis Borges, Stevenson's fiction crosses the bounds of style and demanding situations slim definitions of the fashionable and the postmodern.
Part 1 of this quantity, "Materials," presents an advent to the writer's existence, a survey of the feedback of his paintings, and numerous assets for the teacher. partly 2, "Approaches," thirty essays handle such issues as Stevenson's discussion with James approximately literature; his verse for kids; his Scottish historical past; his wanderlust; his paintings as gothic fiction, as technological know-how fiction, as detective fiction; his critique of imperialism within the South Seas; his usefulness within the artistic writing lecture room; and the way he encourages expansive pondering throughout texts, instances, locations, and lives.
By Dave Thompson
By Catherine Phillips
Phillips identifies 3 inventive contexts for the Hopkins's lifestyles: his formative years circle of creative kinfolk who have been very important in shaping his early imaginative and prescient; his pals at collage and the feedback he absorbed whereas there that inflected his view as a tender guy; and the mature non secular ideals which got here to control his realizing of a visible global interconnected with an everlasting one.
With chapters dedicated to Hopkins personal drawings, and to visible theories of the time, Phillips is ready to indicates clean hyperlinks among this visible international and the startling originality of Hopkins's mature writing that might adjust substantially our realizing of Hopkins's perform as a poet.
By Arthur L. Hayward
These chapters care for the lifetime of London from the early 1830’s to the mid-1860’s. The booklet almost always makes a speciality of the social lifetime of the day, but in addition offers with the blacker part of London and trip and nation lifestyles.
By Alexis Easley
By Tara MacDonald
By Linda Dowling
In April 1895, Oscar Wilde stood within the prisoner's dock of the outdated Bailey, charged with "acts of gross indecency with one other male individual. those filthy practices, the prosecutor declared, posed a dangerous possibility to English society, "a sore which can't fail in time to deprave and taint it all." Wilde answered with a speech of mythical eloquence, protecting love among males as a love "such as Plato made the very foundation of his philosophy, and like you locate within the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare." Electrified, the spectators within the court docket burst into applause.
Although Wilde used to be finally imprisoned, the court docket reaction to his speech signaled a progressive moment-the emergence into the general public sphere of a type of love that had continuously been proscribed in English tradition. during this luminous paintings of highbrow background, Linda Dowling bargains the 1st targeted account of Oxford Hellenism, the Victorian philosophical and literary circulation that made attainable Wilde's short triumph and expected the fashionable risk of homosexuality as a favorable social identity.
A homosocial tradition and a language of ethical legitimacy for homosexuality emerged, Dowling argues, as unexpected effects of Oxford college reform. via their seek in Plato and Greek literature for a transcendental worth that may alternative for a misplaced Christian theology, such liberal reformers as Benjamin Jowett by accident created a cultural context within which male love-the "spiritual procreancy" celebrated in Plato's Symposium-might be either skilled and justified in excellent phrases. Dowling strains the institutional profession of Hellenism from its roots in Oxford reform via its blossoming in an method of Greek reports that got here to function as a code for homosexuality. Recreating the incidents, controversies, and scandals that heralded the expansion of Hellenism, Dowling offers a brand new cultural and theoretical context during which to learn writers as different as Wilde, Jowett, John Addington Symonds, Walter Pater, Lord Alfred Douglas, Robert Buchanan, and W. H. Mallock.
By Sarah Wootton
Byronic Heroes in Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing and monitor version charts a brand new bankruptcy within the altering fortunes of a special cultural phenomenon. This ebook examines the afterlives of the Byronic hero throughout the paintings of nineteenth-century ladies writers and reveal diversifications in their fiction. it's a well timed reassessment of Byron's enduring legacy through the 19th century and past, concentrating on the charged and risky literary dialogues among Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot and a Romantic icon whose presence takes centre level in contemporary reveal diversifications in their so much celebrated novels. The huge interdisciplinary lens hired during this ebook concentrates at the conflicted rewritings of Byron's poetry, his 'heroic' protagonists, and the cult of Byronism in nineteenth-century novels from delight and Prejudice to Middlemarch, and extends outwards to the reappearance of Byronic heroes on movie and in tv sequence over the past twenty years.
By Elizabeth A. Bridgham
This research examines the original cultural area of Victorian cathedral cities as they seem within the literary paintings of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, arguing that Dickens and Trollope use the cathedral town’s enclosure, and its overt connections among sacred and secular, current and earlier, as an amazing locus from which to critique Victorian spiritual attitudes, aesthetic anxieties, company practices, or even immigration. via displacing those matters from the city, those social authors defamiliarize them, elevating what could have been thought of strictly city difficulties to the extent of nationwide crises.
By situating modern debates in cathedral cities, Dickens and Trollope complicate the restrictive dichotomy among city and rural house usually drawn by way of modern critics and Victorian fiction writers alike.
In this publication, Bridgham makes a speciality of the looks of 3 such key matters showing within the cathedral cities of every author: spiritual fragmentation, the social worth of creative exertions, and the Gothic revival. Dickens and Trollope reject Romantic nostalgia by way of focusing on the traditional, but very important (as against ruined) edifices of the cathedrals, and by means of demonstrating ways that glossy sensibilities, politics, and comforts supersede the values of the cloister. during this experience, their cathedral cities usually are not idealized escapes; really, they mirror the societies of which they're a part.