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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...


The Feminine Political Novel in Victorian England
The Feminine Political Novel in Victorian England
Harman, Barbara Leah

In this groundbreaking book, Barbara Leah Harman convincingly establishes a new category in Victorian fiction: the feminine political novel. By studying...


The Child, the State and the Victorian Novel
The Child, the State and the Victorian Novel
Berry, Laura C.

The Child, the State, and the Victorian Novel traces the the story of victimized childhood to its origins in nineteenth-century Britain. Almost as soon as "childhood" became a...


Manufacturing Culture
Manufacturing Culture

Vindications of Early Victorian Industry

Bizup, Joseph

From Robert Southey to William Morris, British social critics in the Romantic tradition consistently stigmatized industry as a threat to aesthetic or...


Victorian Poetry As Cultural Critique
Victorian Poetry As Cultural Critique

The Politics of Performative Language

Slinn, E. Warwick

In recent cultural studies, poetry has become something of a neglected genre. Warwick Slinn seeks to reverse that trend and argues that a fundamental...


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...


Royalties
Royalties

The Queen and Victorian Writers

Houston, Gail Turley

Queens, by definition, embody a historical contradiction between femininity and power. Queen Victoria, whose strength and longevity defined an age,...


The Ghost behind the Masks
The Ghost behind the Masks

The Victorian Poets and Shakespeare

Shaw, W. David

In The Ghost behind the Masks, W. David Shaw traces Shakespeare’s influence on nine Victorian poets: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Thomas...


Victorian Women Poets
Victorian Women Poets

Writing Against the Heart

Leighton, Angela

This book recovers and explores an important tradition of nineteenth-century women's poetry from Felicia Hemans to Charlotte Mew. Angela Leighton not only discusses the work of...


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...


Essays and Reviews
Essays and Reviews

The 1860 Text and Its Reading

Shea, Victor, Whitla, William

Essays and Reviews is a collection of seven articles that appeared in 1860, sparking a Victorian culture war that lasted for at least a decade. With pieces written by...


Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Helsinger, Elizabeth K.

In arguing for the crucial importance of song for poets in the long nineteenth century, Elizabeth Helsinger focuses on both the effects of song on lyric...


The Angel out of the House
The Angel out of the House

Philanthropy and Gender in Nineteenth-Century England

Elliott, Dorice Williams

Was nineteenth-century British philanthropy the "truest and noblest woman’s work" and praiseworthy for having raised the nation’s moral tone, or was it a...


Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti

The Patience of Style

Hassett, Constance W.

Although the cultural and literary influence of Christina Rossetti has recently been widely acknowledged, the belatedness of this critical attention has left wide gaps in our...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Capital Offenses
Capital Offenses

The Geography of Class and Crime in Victorian London

Joyce, Simon

As London became the first major city of the nineteenth century, new models of representation emerged in the journalism, poetry, fiction, and social...


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,...


Vernon Lee
Vernon Lee

A Literary Biography

Colby, Vineta

Vernon Lee, born Violet Paget in 1856 to English parents who lived on the Continent, bridged two worlds and many cultures. She was a Victorian by birth...


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...


Liberal Epic
Liberal Epic

The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill

Adams, Edward

In Liberal Epic, Edward Adams examines the liberal imagination’s centuries-long dependence on contradictory, and mutually constitutive, attitudes...


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...


Tennyson

The Muses' Tug-of-War

Albright, Daniel

Albright contends that Tennyson's ``aesthetic goals were... in conflict'' and that his poetry attempts to ``unite two incompatible poetics,'' one governed by a heavenly muse,...


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