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A companion to Victorian literature & culture /
edited by Herbert F. Tucker.
imprint
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
description
xviii, 488 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0631204636 (acid-free paper)
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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
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0631204636 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
2447159
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
Offered as both a reference work and a guide to the Victorian period and its literature, this well-organized, readable volume by established scholars comprises 30 essays deployed in five sections: historical events clustered around key years; the Victorians' perception of life's stages, death, and sexuality; careers (for example, the church, the law, commerce); literary genres; and conceptions of the body, privacy, and the "other." Each contribution includes a list of works, provides a guide to further reading, and directs the reader to other relevant essays in the volume--a tacit admission of the considerable overlap in these discussions. Yet the effect is one of reinforcement and enlargement, not repetition. Tucker (Univ. of Virginia) includes two indexes: one lists Victorian titles mentioned in the text; the other is a general subject index, with subdivisions for many entries (for example, under "public schools" one finds "cult of athleticism," and under "Eliot, George" the titles of her novels cited in the text and such topics as "aphoristic style," and "sage writing." This is mature scholarship, with many secondary sources published within the last decade. All collections. M. S. Vogeler; California State University, Fullerton
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Each of the very varied contributions - there are 29 of them in all - is well equipped with exhaustive and up-to-date bibliographies, invaluable for further studies. There is also an excellent index. Altogether, therefore, this is an admirable and enduring book, which should certainly be added to the reference departments of all self-respecting university libraries - and a great many civic and municipal libraries, as well." Languages and Literature "This book has been planned to meet both short-term and long-range needs. It is a reference work for consultation. " The Victorian Newsletter "...Tucker's Companion, with its extensive range of topics (some truly original and rarely dealt with in similar books), its well-documented essays, and constant degree of serious scholarship, apears indeed as an extremely valuable tool for students and scholars alike, and a major contribution to Victorian criticism." The Journal of the South Central Modern Language Association
"Each of the very varied contributions - there are 29 of them in all - is well equipped with exhaustive and up-to-date bibliographies, invaluable for further studies. There is also an excellent index. Altogether, therefore, this is an admirable and enduring book, which should certainly be added to the reference departments of all self-respecting university libraries - and a great many civic and municipal libraries, as well." Languages and Literature "This book has been planned to meet both short-term and long-range needs. It is a reference work for consultation. " The Victorian Newsletter "...Tucker's Companion , with its extensive range of topics (some truly original and rarely dealt with in similar books), its well-documented essays, and constant degree of serious scholarship, apears indeed as an extremely valuable tool for students and scholars alike, and a major contribution to Victorian criticism." The Journal of the South Central Modern Language Association
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Thirty leading Victorianists from around the world collaborate here in a multidimensional analysis of the breadth and sweep of modern Britain's longest, unruliest literary epoch. Four initial chapters of historical overview focus on climactic years (1832, 1848, 1870, 1897) in which accumulated forces for change precipitated new Victorian directions. Four chapters from Part II examine in childhood, adolescence, aging, and death the chief phases of an individual life and their literary representations, while a fifth considers how pervasively Victorian lives were influenced by sexuality. Part III expands the midmost life phase, working adulthood, to survey prominent Victorian careers, with chapters on religion, medicine, education, law, bureaucracy, the military, banking, industry, commerce, spectacle and publishing. While each chapter of the Companion highlights literary aspects of its topic, literature as such takes centre stage in Part IV, which comprises separate chapters on the genres of poetry, fiction, sage writing, life writing, drama, and literary criticism. The book concludes with three essays that investigate Victorians' conception of their world as defined by the maintenance and transgression of borders: between body and environment, home and street, nation and globe. This integrated design lets the Companion combine inclusiveness with convenience. Its topical spectrum, precision of focus, and accessible style keep the book available for ready consultation, while an index and network of cross-references encourage further study. At the same time, when read sequentially the book renders a textured and polyphonic image, by diverse hands exemplifying diverse standpoints, of the Victorian imagination: a manifold cultural force that notoriously eludes neat summary, yet bequeathed to our own day a recognizable tradition with which we are destined to struggle - as scholars, as modern people - for some time to come.
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Thirty Victorianists from around the world collaborate here in a multidimensional analysis of the breadth and sweep of modern Britain's longest, unruliest literary epoch.
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Thirty leading Victorianists from around the world collaborate here in a multidimensional analysis of the breadth and sweep of modern Britain's longest, unruliest literary epoch.
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Thirty leading victorianists from around the world collaborate in a multidimensional analysis of the breadth & sweep of modern Britain's longest, unruliest literary epoch.
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Over 30 leading international Victorianists collaborate in this multidimensional analysis of modern Britain's longest, unruliest literary epoch. A Companion to Victorian literature and Culture has an integrated design that combines inclusiveness with convenience. Its topical spectrum and accessible style keep the book available for ready consultation, with an index and network of cross-references.The historical overview explores the climactic years which precipitated new Victorian directions. It examines the chief phases of an individual life and their literary, representations, and considers how pervasively Victorian lives were inflected by sexuality.It surveys prominent Victorian careers, with chapters on religion, medicine, education, law, bureaucracy, the military, banking, industry, commerce, spectacle and publishing.It reviews the genres of poetry, fiction, sage writing, life writing, drama, and literary criticism. It contains 3 essays on the Victorians' conception of their world as defined by the maintenance and transgression of borders: between body and environment, home and street, nation and globe.When read seque
Table of Contents
History In Focus
1832: Finding the Beginning
1848: Revolution and Reform
1870
1897
Passages Of Life
Growing Up: Childhood
Moving Out: Adolescence
Growing Old: Age
Passing On: Death
Victorian Sexualities
Walks Of Life
Clerical
Legal
Medical
Military
Educational
Administrative
Financial
Industrial
Commercial
Spectacle
Publishing
Kinds Of Writing
Poetry
Fiction
Drama
Life Writing
Sage Writing
Literary Criticism
Borders: Skins / Walls / Shores
Under Victorian Skins
On the Parapets of Privacy
'then on the Shore of the Wide World': The Victorian Nation and Its Others
Index
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