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Feeling for the Poor
Feeling for the Poor

Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel

Betensky, Carolyn

What if the political work of Victorian social-problem novels was precisely to make the reader feel as if reading them—in and of itself—mattered? Surveying novels by Charles...


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 forms and the...


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...


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...


The Victorian Serial
The Victorian Serial
Hughes, Linda K., Lund, Michael

Linda K. Hughes and Michael Lund provide a new approach to the study of installment literature by showing how it embodied a view of life intrinsic to Victorian culture. They...


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 dangerous mission...


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 Victorian Illustrated Book
The Victorian Illustrated Book
Maxwell, Richard

Throughout the nineteenth century, but most intensely in the reign of Queen Victoria, England and Scotland produced an unprecedented range of extraordinary illustrated books....


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...


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 humanistic "culture."...


Modified Rapture
Modified Rapture

Comedy in W. S. Gilbert's Savoy Operas

Fischler, Alan

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Vanishing Lives
Vanishing Lives

Style and Self in Tennyson, D. G. Rossetti, Swinburne, and Yeats

Richardson, James

One of the characteristic features of Victorian poetry is dimness, a vanishing away-things blur with the motion of their passing, which seems inseparable from the mind's fading...


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...


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...


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 continuity between the...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


The Romance of the Harem
The Romance of the Harem
Leonowens, Anna, Morgan, Susan

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On Exhibit
On Exhibit

Victorians and Their Museums

Black, Barbara J.

Why did the Victorians collect with such a vengeance and exhibit in museums? Focusing on this key nineteenth-century enterprise, Barbara J. Black illuminates British culture of...


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...


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 commentary of the period....


The English Cult of Literature
The English Cult of Literature

Devoted Readers, 1774–1880

McKelvy, William R.

What constitutes reading? This is the question William McKelvy asks in The English Cult of Literature. Is it a theory of interpretation or a physical activity, a process...


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