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Culture and Irony
Culture and Irony

Studies in Joseph Conrad's Major Novels

Winner, Anthony

Conrad's major novels- Lord Jim, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and Under Western Eyes-tell of illusions and betrayals, dreams and lies. Ambiguity, contradiction,...


Paradise Dislocated
Paradise Dislocated

Morris, Politics, Art

Skoblow, Jeffrey

Paradise Dislocated offers a radical rereading of William Morris's neglected masterpiece, The Earthly Paradise. While most critics have seen this poem as the...


The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers

A History

Seaton, Beverly

The author traces the phenomenon of ascribing sentimental meaning to floral imagery from its beginnings in Napoleonic France through its later transformations in England and...


The Serious Pleasures of Suspense
The Serious Pleasures of Suspense

Victorian Realism and Narrative Doubt

Levine, Caroline

Scholars have long recognized that narrative suspense dominates the formal dynamics of nineteenth-century British fiction, both high and low. But few have asked why suspense...


Artist of Wonderland
Artist of Wonderland

The Life, Political Cartoons, and Illustrations of Tenniel

Morris, Frankie

Best known today as the illustrator for Lewis Carroll's Alice books, John Tenniel was the Victorian era's chief political cartoonist. This extensively illustrated book is the...


Acting Naturally
Acting Naturally

Victorian Theatricality and Authenticity

Voskuil, Lynn M.

In Acting Naturally Lynn Voskuil argues that Victorian Britons saw themselves as "authentically performative," a paradoxical belief that focused their sense of vocation...


The Antagonist Principle
The Antagonist Principle

John Henry Newman and the Paradox of Personality

Poston, Lawrence

The Antagonist Principle is a critical examination of the works and sometimes controversial public career of John Henry Newman (1801–1890), first as an Anglican and...


Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible
Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible
LaPorte, Charles

Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible charts the impact of post-Enlightenment biblical criticism on English literary culture. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries...


Modified Rapture
Modified Rapture

Comedy in W. S. Gilbert's Savoy Operas

Fischler, Alan

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A Queer Chivalry
A Queer Chivalry

The Homoerotic Asceticism of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Saville, Julia Frances

The Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was a practitioner of strict asceticism in its broadest definition--the refusal of physical pleasure or comfort in the interests of moral...


Reading for the Law
Reading for the Law

British Literary History and Gender Advocacy

Krueger, Christine L.

Taking her title from the British term for legal study, "to read for the law," Christine L. Krueger asks how "reading for the law" as literary history contributes to the...


Evangelical Gothic
Evangelical Gothic

The English Novel and the Religious War on Virtue from Wesley to Dracula

Herbert, Christopher

Evangelical Gothic explores the bitter antagonism that prevailed between two defining institutions of nineteenth-century Britain: Evangelicalism and the popular novel....


Victorian Publishing and Mrs. Gaskell's Work
Victorian Publishing and Mrs. Gaskell's Work
Hughes, Linda K., Lund, Michael

For much of her own century, Elizabeth Gaskell was recognized as a voice of Victorian convention&emdash;-the loyal wife, good mother, and respected writer&emdash;-a...


Author and Printer in Victorian England
Author and Printer in Victorian England
Dooley, Allan C.

Author and Printer in Victorian England demonstrates that printing technology shapes texts. The technology involved was a nineteenth-century revolution in printing...


Parting Words
Parting Words

Victorian Poetry and Public Address

Sider, Justin A.

Valedictory addresses offer a way to conceptualize the relation of self to others, private to public, ephemeral to eternal. Whether deathbed pronouncements, political...


Frances Power Cobbe
Frances Power Cobbe

Victorian Feminist, Journalist, Reformer

Mitchell, Sally

Frances Power Cobbe (1822–1904) is the most important nineteenth-century British writer and activist not heretofore treated in a full-length biography. An independent...


The Forgotten Female Aesthetes
The Forgotten Female Aesthetes

Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England

Schaffer, Talia

Most critics of aestheticism focus on the Yellow Book, the glossy Victorian journal with the shocking yellow cover that counted among its contributors Aubrey Beardsley and Max...


Second Person Singular
Second Person Singular

Late Victorian Women Poets and the Bonds of Verse

Harrington, Emily

Emily Harrington offers a new history of women’s poetry at the turn of the century that breaks from conventional ideas of nineteenth-century lyric, which focus on individual...


The Fowl and the Pussycat
The Fowl and the Pussycat

Love Letters of Michael Field, 1876–1909

Field, Michael, Bickle, Sharon

Michael Field was the pseudonym used by Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) and Edith Cooper (1862-1913) coauthors and lovers for the poetry and verse drama they published. This...


Nostalgia in Transition, 1780-1917
Nostalgia in Transition, 1780-1917
Austin, Linda M.

Referred to long ago as a "disease" of Swiss soldiers and Highland regiments far from home, nostalgia became known in the 1920s as more of a fleeting rather than debilitating...


Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture
Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture

Discourse and Ideology

Harrison, Antony H.

With the publication of his ambitious new work Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture, Antony H. Harrison continues his exploration of poetry as a significant force in the...


The Physics of Possibility
The Physics of Possibility

Victorian Fiction, Science, and Gender

Tondre, Michael

The Physics of Possibility traces the sensational birth of mathematical physics in Victorian literature, science, and statistics. As scientists took up new...


Ruskin's Culture Wars
Ruskin's Culture Wars

Fors Clavigera and the Crisis of Victorian Liberalism

Stoddart, Judith

"When I consider the quantity of wise talking which has passed in at one long ear of the world, and out at the other, without making the smallest impression upon its mind, I am...


Lost Saints
Lost Saints

Silence, Gender, and Victorian Literary Canonization

Lootens, Tricia A.

In Lost Saints Tricia Lootens argues that parallels betwee literary and religious canons are far deeper than has yet been realized. She presents the ideological underpinnings...


The Letters of Christina Rossetti
The Letters of Christina Rossetti

1887-1894

Rossetti, Christina, Harrison, Antony H.

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) has come to be considered one of the major poets--not just one of the major women poets—of the Victorian era, eclipsing her famous brother....


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