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Remaking Queen Victoria : Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Paperback) - Margaret Homans

Remaking Queen Victoria

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Paperback)

By: Margaret Homans (Editor), Adrienne Munich (Editor)

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Published: 1st December 1997
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Queen Victoria's central importance to the era defined by her reign is self-evident, and yet it has been surprisingly overlooked in the study of Victorian culture. This collection of essays goes beyond the facts of biography and official history to explore the diverse, and sometimes conflicting, meanings she held for her subjects around the world and even for those outside her empire, who made of her a multifaceted icon serving their social and economic needs. In her paradoxical position as neither consort nor king, she baffled expectations throughout her reign. She was a model of wifely decorum and solid middle-class values, but she also became the focus of anxieties about powerful women, and - increasingly - of anger about Britain's imperial aims. Each essay analyses a different aspect of this complex and fascinating figure. Contributors include noted scholars in the field of literature, cultural studies, art history, and women's studies.

"...an invaluable resource which could easily...be used as a text in classes in several disciplines." Rosemary T. VanArsdel, Victorian Periodicals "Excellent essays by Alison Booth, Elizabeth Langland, Robin L. Bott, Maria Jerinic, and Karen Chase and Michael Levenson explore the ways that Victoria both informed and was appropriated by the culture of her time. This book is a fine contribution to cultural studies of Victoria in all her many incarnations." Joseph W. Childers "Containing twelve thought-provoking essays, this collection ensures that Victoria now has fewer places to hide before the scholarly eye." Nineteenth-Century Literature "...essays here raise interesting questions, questions which could concern historians." Dorothy Thompson, Victorian Studies

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction
Nation-Making
Nation and nationality: Queen Victoria in the developing narrative of Englishness
Crossing the Atlantic with Victoria: American receptions, 1837-1901
Queen Victoria and Other Queens
Illustrious company: Victoria among other women in Anglo-American role model anthologies
Gloriana Victoriana: Victoria and the cultural memory of Elizabeth
'Be no more housewives, but queens': Queen Victoria and Ruskin's domestic mythology
How we lost the empire: retelling the stories of the Rani of Jansi and Queen
'I know what is due to me': self-fashioning and legitimization in Queen Liliuokalani's Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
Victoria's Career, Early and Late
Reading and writing Victoria: the conduct book and the legal constitution of female sovereignty
The wise child and her 'offspring': some changing faces of Queen
I never saw a man so frightened': the young queen and the Parliamentary bedchamber
The 'Widdy's' empire: Queen Victoria as widow in Kipling's soldier stories and in the Barrack-Room Ballads
Afterlife
Queen Victoria in the Funnyhouse: Adrienne Kennedy and the rituals of colonial possession
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521574853
ISBN-10: 0521574854
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.27  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.4