The Oxford English Literary History: Volume 8: 1830-1880: The Victorians: 1830-1880

Paperback | March 22, 2004

byPhilip Davis

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Inaugurating a major new series, successor to the Oxford History of English Literature but excitingly new in its emphasis on 'literary history', this volume covers the flowering of Victorian literature, from the decade when Tennyson started writing In Memoriam and Darwin embarked on the Beagleto the publication of Hardy's first great novels and the death of George Eliot.The Victorian era produced a literature of diversity and experimentation, engaged with powerful controversies and heartfelt arguments that lie at the centre of the formation of the modern world. It has often been misrepresented, either as an age of dull and rigid certainty or one of anxious anddepressive morbidity, but what distinguishes the writing of the period - from its origins in the 1830s to its crisis point around 1880 - is its power of serious inquiry. It poses questions about the relation between society and the individual, the rival claims of market and morality, the form andfunction of democracy, and, above all, the existence or non-existence of God and the purposes of human life. Such concerns make this a time in which literature has a new urgency and vitality, and lies close to the heart of a culminating crisis of the Western conscience.The series will enlighten and inspire not only everyone studying, teaching, and researching in English Literature, but all keen readers of English fiction.

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Inaugurating a major new series, successor to the Oxford History of English Literature but excitingly new in its emphasis on 'literary history', this volume covers the flowering of Victorian literature, from the decade when Tennyson started writing In Memoriam and Darwin embarked on the Beagleto the publication of Hardy's first great n...

Jon Bate (General Editor): FBA, Professor of English Literature, Warwick University, well known as a scholar of Shakespeare and the Renaissance, and of the Romantic period. The UK's leading exponent of ecocriticism. Most recent books: Shakespeare and Ovid, the Arden Titus Andronicus, The Genius of Shakespeare, a novel about William ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.35 inPublished:March 22, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199269203

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Table of Contents

IllustrationsIntroduction1. Rural to Urban 1830-18502. Nature3. Religion4. Mind5. Conditions of Literary Production6. The Drama7. Debatable Lands: Variety of Form and Genre in the Early Victorian Novel8. Alternative Fictions9. High Realism10. Lives and Thoughts11. PoetryConclusionAuthor BibliographiesSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex

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`[A] Magnificent work of literary engagement and partisanship ... The development and mission of realism in the novel make up only one of the areas on which Davis sheds light, and he has marvelous chapters on nature, mind, religion, publishing, theatre, and poetry. His prose possesses aninsistent spiritual vigor and is free of the ham-fisted parlance and empty cunning of "lit-crit".'Katherine Powers, Boston Globe