Hatred and Civility: The Antisocial Life in Victorian England

Kobo ebook | March 7, 2004

byChristopher Lane

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To understand hatred and civility in today's world, argues Christopher Lane, we should start with Victorian fiction. Although the word "Victorian" generally brings to mind images of prudish sexuality and well-heeled snobbery, it has above all become synonymous with self-sacrifice, earnest devotion, and moral rectitude. Yet this idealized version of Victorian England is surprisingly scarce in the period's literature--and its journalism, sermons, poems, and plays--where villains, hypocrites, murderers, and cheats of all types abound.

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To understand hatred and civility in today's world, argues Christopher Lane, we should start with Victorian fiction. Although the word "Victorian" generally brings to mind images of prudish sexuality and well-heeled snobbery, it has above all become synonymous with self-sacrifice, earnest devotion, and moral rectitude. Yet this idealiz...

Christopher Lane is professor of English at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Ruling Passion and The Burdens of Intimacy: Psychoanalysis and Victorian Masculinity and the editor of The Psychoanalysis of Race (Columbia, 1998).

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 7, 2004Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231503903

ISBN - 13:9780231503907

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Victorian Hatred, a Social Evil and a Social Good
Bulwer's Misanthropes and the Limits of Victorian Sympathy
Dickensian Malefactors
Charlotte Brontâ on the Pleasure of Hating
George Eliot and Enmity
Life Envy in Robert Browning's Poetry
Epilogue: Joseph Conrad and the Illusion of Solidarity

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Lane's excellent book [provides] fascinating close readings while always keeping the bigger picture--the relationship between the individual and society--in full view.