A New Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture by Herbert F. Tucker

By Herbert F. Tucker

The Victorian interval was once a time of fast cultural swap, which ended in an incredible and sundry literary output. A New spouse to Victorian Literature and Culture bargains skilled information to the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its social and ancient context. This revised and increased variation includes contributions from over 30 prime students who, impending the Victorian epoch from varied positions and traditions, delve into the unruly complexities of the Victorian imagination.

Divided into 5 elements, this new significant other surveys seven a long time of background ahead of analyzing the keys levels in a Victorian existence, the major professions and walks of existence, the key Victorian literary genres, and how Victorians outlined their people, their houses, and their nationwide identities. very important themes resembling sexuality, denominational religion, social type, and international empire tell every one chapter’s strategy. each one bankruptcy offers a complete bibliography of confirmed and rising scholarship.

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Allusions to pre-Darwinian theories of evolution derived from geological treatises (Lyell’s in particular) constitute the metaphorical strata of this poem. By its conclusion, however, a unique variety of faith has indeed evolved from the extensive process of epistemological and teleological interrogation enacted in the work. In poem 124, Tennyson can confidently announce his discovery of the telos, That which we dare invoke to bless; Our dearest faith, our ghastliest doubt; He, They, One, All, within, without; The Power in darkness whom we guess.

Christ is not risen, no – He lies and moulders low. ) Clough’s friend Matthew Arnold appears equally unorthodox. Though not an atheist, in poems like “To Marguerite – Continued” written around 1848, Arnold scoffs at the Christian illusion of a benevolent deity. In his view, a contrast to John Donne’s, all individuals are, metaphorically, islands afflicted by a futile craving for reunion with their fellows in a continental humanity. Who order’d that their longing’s fire Should be, as soon as kindled, cool’d?

One of the most interesting phenomena of the 1830s is the blurring of conventional generic distinctions: Tennyson’s inward-turning lyrics which chart new journeys of the mind, Browning’s disruption of the conventions of historical narrative in Sordello, Dickens’s imposition of a reformist vision on the eighteenth-century picaresque novel, or Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus (1834), by turns autobiographical fragment, philosophical treatise, novel, and editorial doodling – possibly the biggest put-on in English literature since Tristram Shandy.

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