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The Victorian Period : The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1830 - 1890 - Robin Gilmour

The Victorian Period

The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1830 - 1890

Paperback Published: 4th January 1994
ISBN: 9780582493476
Number Of Pages: 336

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This is a thought-provoking synthesis of the Victorian period, focusing on the themes of science, religion, politics and art. It examines the developments which radically changed the intellectual climate and illustrates how their manifestations permeated Victorian literature.

The author begins by establishing the social and institutional framework in which intellectual and cultural life developed. Special attention is paid to the reform agenda of new groups which challenged traditional society, and this perspective informs Gilmour's discussion throughout the book. He assesses Victorian religion, science and politics in their own terms and in relation to the larger cultural politics of the middle-class challenge to traditionalism. Familiar topics, such as the Oxford Movement and Darwinism, are seen afresh, and those once neglected areas which are now increasingly important to modern scholars are brought into clear focus, such as Victorian agnosticism, the politics of gender, 'Englishness', and photography. The most innovative feature of this compelling study is the prominence given to the contemporary preoccupation with time. The Victorians' time-hauntedness emerges as the defining feature of their civilisation - the remote time of geology and evolution, the public time of history, the private time of autobiography.

List of Plates
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
The Sense of Time and the Uses of History
Religion- Reform, Rejection, Reconstruction
Science- Re-Imagining the Universe
The Life of Ideas and the Culture of Politics
The Arts in an Industrial Age
Postscript
Chronology
General Bibliographers
Individual Authors
Index
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ISBN: 9780582493476
ISBN-10: 0582493471
Series: Longman Literature in English
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 4th January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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