By James Eli Adams

ISBN-10: 0631220828

ISBN-13: 9780631220824

Incorporating a vast variety of latest scholarship, A heritage of Victorian Literature offers an summary of the literature produced in nice Britain among 1830 and 1900, with clean attention of either significant figures and a few of the era's much less normal authors. a part of the Blackwell Histories of Literature sequence, the ebook describes the advance of the Victorian literary move and areas it inside of its cultural, social and political context.A wide-ranging narrative assessment of literature in nice Britain among 1830 and 1900, shooting the extreme number of literary output produced in this eraAnalyzes the advance of all literary types in this interval - the unconventional, poetry, drama, autobiography and significant prose - along with significant advancements in social and highbrow historyConsiders the ways that writers engaged with new kinds of social accountability of their paintings, as Britain reworked into the world's first commercial economyOffers a clean viewpoint at the paintings of either significant figures and a few of the era?s much less everyday authors

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264). Yet his own circumstances made this an unusually strenuous demand. 104). Unlike literary gentlemen, however, men of letters had to live by their writing. This burden had been a recurrent theme of Samuel Johnson (on whom Carlyle wrote an early, admiring essay), but Johnson at least possessed a firm Christian faith. Carlyle in his years of struggle came to envision himself as a latter-day prophet of a new dispensation, straddling Jewish and Christian Testaments. At once Jeremiah and John the Baptist, he excoriated the failings of England and foretold its imminent collapse, while at the same time heralding “a new mythus” that would rescue the country from its bewilderment – although the form of that redeeming faith remained elusive.

When Mill described the work of poetry, however, it seemed at once terribly fragile and deeply anti-social. 348–9). In this ideal of pure effusion, awareness of an audience necessarily subverts the integrity of feeling. indd 33 12/29/2008 3:15:55 PM 34 Literature in the Age of Machinery, 1830–1850 with self-consciousness) suggests a deep anxiety about selfhood and subjectivity. True poetry is not merely a warrant of emotional authenticity, it also suggests that such integrity can exist only in resistance or oblivion to society at large.

1–12; Tennyson 1969) Prolonged over seven stanzas, each with a variation of the opening refrain (“I am aweary, aweary …”), the poem elaborates a sense of desolation unrivaled even in Hemans: domesticity is emptied of all solace. In this baffled longing, as in its markedly pictorial cast, this is a poem deeply indebted to the much-derided annuals. ” W. J. Fox in the Westminster similarly applauded the sympathetic power, marveling that “our author has the secret of the transmigration of the soul.

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