The Fin de Siecle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900 by Sally LedgerThe Fin de Siecle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900 by Sally Ledger

The Fin de Siecle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900

EditorSally Ledger, Roger Luckhurst

Paperback | September 1, 2000

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In an important contribution to the developing field of interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities, Ledger and Luckhurst make available to students and scholars a large body of non-literary texts which richly configure the variegated cultural history of the fin-de-siecle years. That historyis here shown to inaugurate many enduring critical and cultural concerns, with sections on Degeneration, Outcast London, The Metropolis, The New Woman, Literary Debates, The New Imperialism, Socialism, Anarchism, Scientific Naturalism, Psychology, Psychical Research, Sexology, Anthropology andRacial Science. Each section begins with an Introduction and closes with Editorial Notes which carefully situate individual texts within a wider cultural landscape.
Sally Ledger is Senior Lecturer in English, Birkbeck College, University of London Roger Luckhurst is Lecturer in English, Birkbeck College, University of London
Title:The Fin de Siecle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198742797

ISBN - 13:9780198742791


Table of Contents

Sally Ledger and Roger Luckhurst: Introduction: Reading the Fin de SiecleEditors' NoteOne: Degeneration1. E. Ray Lankester: Degeneration: A Chapter in Darwinism (1880)2. H. G. Wells: 'Zoological Retrogression' (1891)3. Max Nordau: Degeneration (1895)4. [Egmont Hake]: Regeneration: A Reply to Max Nordau (1895)5. William James: 6. G. B. Shaw: The Sanity of Art: An Exposure of the Current Nonsense about Artists being Degenerate (1895/1908)Two: Outcast London1. Andrew Mearns: The Bitter Cry of Outcast London (1883)2. W. T. Stead: The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon (1885)3. Charles Booth: 4. William Booth: In Darkest England - and the Way Out (1890)Three: The Metropolis1. Gustave Le Bon: 'The Mind of Crowds', The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (1895)2. Georg Simmel: The Metropolis and Mental Life (1903)3. Arthur Symons: At the Alhambra: Impressions and Sensations (1896)4. Mrs. Ormiston Chant: Why We Attacked the Empire (1895)Four: The New Woman1. Mona Caird: Marriage (1888)2. Character Note: The New Woman (1894): 3. Ella Hepworth Dixon: Why Women are Ceasing to Marry (1899)4. Sarah Grand: The New Aspect of the Woman Question (1894)5. Grant Allen: Plain Words on the Woman Question (1889)6. M. Eastwood: The New Woman in Fiction and Fact (1894)7. Mrs. Humphrey Ward et al: An Appeal Against Female Suffrage (1889)8. Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Female Suffrage: A Reply (1889)Five: Literary Debates1. Andrew Lang: Realism and Romance (1886)2. Arthur Symons: The Decadent Movement in Literature (1893)3. Walter Besant, Eliza Lynn Linton, Thomas Hardy: Candour in English Fiction (1890)4. Hugh Stutfield: Tommyrotics (1895)5. Editorial Comment, Daily Telegraph (March 14, 1891)6. Arthur Symons: Henrik Ibsen (1889)Six: The New ImperialismThe forward policy1. Robert Seeley: The Expansion of England (1883)2. Joseph Chamberlain: The True Conception of Empire (1897)3. Cecil Rhodes: speech at Drill Hall, Cape Town (July 18, 1899)Reportage4. General Gordon, The Illustrated London News (Feb 14, 1885)5. Major F. R. Wingate from the original manuscripts of Father Ohrwalder: Ten Years Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-92 (1893)6. G. W. Steevens: The Battle of Omdurman, With Kitchener to Khartum (1898)7. Relief of Mafeking and London's Roar of Jubilation, Daily Mail (May 19, 1900)8. Affairs on the Upper Congo, The Times (May 14, 1897)Critique9. R. B. Cunningham Graham: Bloody Niggers (1897)10. Olive Schreiner: An English South African's View of the Situation (1899)11. J. A. Hobson: Imperialism: A Study (1902)12. E. D. Morel: The Story of the Congo Free State (1920)Seven: Socialism1. William Morris: How We Live and How We might Live (1887)2. George Bernard Shaw: The Economic Basis of Socialism (1889)3. Oscar Wilde: The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891)4. Isabella O. Ford: Women and Socialism (1907)Eight: Anarchism1. Peter Kropotkin: Words of a Rebel (1885)2. Johann Most: Anarchy (1888)3. William Morris: Letter to Commonweal (May 18, 1889)4. Anarchist, Letter to Commonweal (June 22, 1889): 5. The Explosion in Greenwich Park and Bourdin's Antecedents, The Times (February 17, 1894): 6. Emma Goldman: Anarchism: What it Really Stands for (1911)Nine: Scientific Naturalism1. T. H. Huxley: On the Physical Basis of Life (1870)2. W. K. Clifford: On the Aims and Instruments of Scientific Thought (1872)3. John Tyndall: Belfast Address, British Association (1874)4. Karl Pearson: A Grammar of Science (1892)5. T. H. Huxley: Evolution and Ethics (1893)Ten: Psychology1. H. B. Donkin: Hysteria, Dictionary of Psychological Medicine (1893)2. Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud: On the Psychical Mechanism of hysterical phenomena (1893)3. F. W. H. Myers: The Subliminal Consciousness (1891)4. William James: The Stream of Thought, The Principles of Psychology (1890)5. Clifford Allbutt: Nervous Diseases and Modern Life (1895)Eleven: Psychical Research1. Objects of the Society (1882): 2. Henry Sidgwick: Address of the President at the First General Meeting (1882)3. Psychical Research, Pall Mall Gazette (Oct 21, 1882)4. William Barrett, Edmund Gurney and F.W.H. Myers: Thought-Reading (1882)5. W. T. Stead: How We intend to Study Borderland (1893)6. W. T. Stead: My Experience of Automatic Writing (1893)7. Andrew Lang: Ghosts up to Date (1894)Twelve: Sexology1. Gustave Bouchereau: Nymphomania in Dictionary of Psychological Medicine (1893)2. Richard von Krafft-Ebing: Psychopathia Sexualis (1886)3. Edward Carpenter: The Intermediate Sex (1894/1906)4. John Addington Symonds: A Problem in Modern Ethics, being an inquiry into the phenomenon of Sexual Inversion, Addressed especially to medical psychologists and jurists (1896)5. Case XVIII [John Addington Symonds], Havelock Ellis, Sexual Inversion (1897): Thirteen: Anthropology and Racial Science1. Edward Tylor: The Culture of Science, Primitive Culture (1871)2. Herbert Spencer: The Primitive Man - Physical, The Primitive Man - Emotional, The Primitive Man - Intellectual, The Principles of Sociology (1876)3. Karl Pearson: National Life from the Standpoint of Science (1900)4. Francis Galton: Eugenics: its definition, scope and aims (1903)5. Mary Kingsley: The Clash of Cultures, West African Studies (1899)6. Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits (volume II): Preface by A. C. Haddon and Introduction by W. H. R. Rivers (1901)Sources of MaterialSecondary ReadingIndex

Editorial Reviews

"All the essays....are....informative and lucidly written."--English Literature in Translation 1880-1920