A History of Victorian Literature (Blackwell History of Literature)
By: James Eli Adams (author)Paperback
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Incorporating a broad range of contemporary scholarship, A History of Victorian Literature presents an overview of the literature produced in Great Britain between 1830 and 1900, with fresh consideration of both major figures and some of the era's less familiar authors. Part of the Blackwell Histories of Literature series, the book describes the development of the Victorian literary movement and places it within its cultural, social and political context. * A wide-ranging narrative overview of literature in Great Britain between 1830 and 1900, capturing the extraordinary variety of literary output produced during this era * Analyzes the development of all literary forms during this period - the novel, poetry, drama, autobiography and critical prose - in conjunction with major developments in social and intellectual history * Considers the ways in which writers engaged with new forms of social responsibility in their work, as Britain transformed into the world's first industrial economy * Offers a fresh perspective on the work of both major figures and some of the era s less familiar authors * Winner of a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award, 2009
James Eli Adams is Professor of English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Dandies and Desert Saints: Styles of Victorian Masculinity (1995); the general editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era (2004); and co-editor of Sexualities in Victorian Britain (1996).
Preface xi Note on Citations xv Introduction: Locating Victorian Literature 1 Byron is Dead 1 Cultural Contexts 2 The Literary Field 11 An Age of Prose 14 The Situation of Poetry 19 Victorian Theater 21 The Novel After Scott 22 1 "The Times are Unexampled": Literature in the Age of Machinery, 1830 1850 27 Constructing the Man of Letters 27 The Burdens of Poetry 33 Theater in the 1830s 48 Fiction in the Early 1830s 50 Dickens and the Forms of Fiction 55 Poetry after the Annuals 66 Literature of Travel 70 History and Heroism 73 Social Crisis and the Novel 81 The Domestic Ideal 84 From Silver-Fork to Farce 86 Poetry in the Early 1840s 89 The Literature of Labor 95 Medievalism 98 "The Two Nations" 101 "What's Money After All?" 111 Romance and Religion 116 The Novel of Development 123 Art, Politics, and Faith 127 In Memoriam 137 2 Crystal Palace and Bleak House: Expansion and Anomie, 1851 1873 143 The Novel and Society 145 Crimea and the Forms of Heroism 156 Empire 164 Spasmodics and Other Poets 168 The Power of Art 182 Realisms 187 Two Guineveres 194 Sensation 200 Dreams of Self-Fashioning 207 Narrating Nature: Darwin 215 Novels and their Audiences 218 Literature for Children 228 Poetry in the Early 1860s 232 Criticism and Belief 244 The Pleasures of the Difficult 250 The Hellenic Tradition 259 Domesticity, Politics, Empire, and the Novel 267 After Dickens 275 The Persistence of Epic 282 Poisonous Honey and Fleshly Poetry 286 3 The Rise of Mass Culture and the Specter of Decline, 1873 1901 293 Science, Materialism, and Value 296 Twilight of the Poetic Titans 305 The Decline of the Marriage Plot 314 The Aesthetic Movement 325 Aesthetic Poetry 329 Life-Writing 333 Morality and the Novel 342 Romance 351 Regionalism 356 The Arrival of Kipling 360 Fiction and the Forms of Belief 365 Sex, Science, and Danger 370 Fictions of the Artist 375 Decadence 377 Drama in the 1880s 381 The New Woman in Fiction 386 Decadent Form 394 The Poetry of London 400 Yeats 405 The Scandal of Wilde 408 Poetry After Wilde 411 Fictions of Decline 416 Conrad 423 Epilogue 429 Works Cited 435 Index 451
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