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Victorian Prose : An Anthology - Rosemary J. Mundhenk

Victorian Prose

An Anthology

Paperback Published: 27th August 1999
ISBN: 9780231110273
Number Of Pages: 496
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This engaging, informative collection of Victorian nonfiction prose juxtaposes classic texts and canonical writers with more obscure writings and authors in order to illuminate important debates in nineteenth-century Britain -- inviting modern readers to see the age anew. The collection represents the voices of a broad scope of women and men on a range of nineteenth-century cultural issues and in various forms -- from periodical essays to travel accounts, letters to lectures, and autobiographies to social surveys.

With its fifty-six substantial selections, "Victorian Prose" reaches beyond the work of Carlyle, Newman, Mill, Arnold, and Ruskin to uncover an array of lesser-known voices of the era. Women writers are given full attention -- writings by Mary Prince, Dinah M. Craik, Florence Nightingale, Frances P. Cobbe, and Lucie Duff Gordon are among the entries.

Excerpts cover such topics of the age as British imperialism, the crisis of religious faith, and debates about gender. On the issue of colonial expansion, opinions range from Benjamin Disraeli's celebration of empire-building as evidence of Britain's glory to David Livingstone's promotion of commerce with Africa as a way to retard the slave trade and make it unprofitable. Views on "the woman question" extend from John Stuart Mill's defense of women's rights to Mrs. Humphry Ward's opposition to women's franchise and Sarah Ellis's support for the domestic ideal.

This invaluable resource features:

attention to important noncanonical writers -- including a generous selection of women writers;

a wide range of written forms, including periodical essays, travel accounts, letters, lectures, autobiographies, and social surveys;

both chronological and thematic tables of contents -- the latter encompassing subject areas such as England at home and abroad, the new sciences, religion, and the status of women;

selections drawn from the original nineteenth-century editions; and

annotations to each text that aid nonspecialists in understanding unfamiliar names, terms, and cultural debates.

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A lively selection of Victorian prose nonfiction texts that illuminates a group of key debates from the period, while at the same time offering an entertaining, often eye-opening reading experience for the novice and expert alike.

Chronological Table of Contentsp. ix
Thematic Table of Contentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
A Note on the Textsp. xxv
from The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave (1831)p. 1
"Slavery in Yorkshire" (1830)p. 9
from The Wrongs of Woman (1843-4)p. 13
from Sartor Resartus (1833-4)p. 21
from Past and Present (1843)p. 28
from The Women of England (1839)p. 53
from review of Southey's Colloquies (1830)p. 59
from Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1864)p. 71
Letters (1845)p. 87
from Eastern Life, Present and Past (1848)p. 93
from Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844)p. 101
from The Moral and Physical Condition of the Working Classes Employed in the Cotton Manufacture in Manchester (1832)p. 107
from "Conservative and Liberal Principles," speech at the Crystal Palace (1872)p. 115
from The Subjection of Women (1869)p. 121
from Autobiography (1873)p. 131
from A Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cranworth's Marriage and Divorce Bill (1855)p. 143
from "Why Are Women Redundant?" (1862)p. 157
from On the Origin of Species (1859)p. 165
from review of Vanity Fair, Jane Eyre, and the 1847 Report of the Governesses' Benevolent Institution (1848)p. 175
from "England's Mission" (1878)p. 183
from Labour and the Poor, letter to the Morning Chronicle (1849)p. 189
from Self-Help (1859)p. 199
from Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa (1857)p. 207
from "The Chemistry of a Candle" (1850)p. 215
from Prostitution (1857, 1870)p. 221
Letters to George Henry Lewes (1847-50)p. 229
from review of Shirley (1850)p. 235
from Comte's Philosophy of the Sciences (1853)p. 241
from "Traffic," lecture (1864); in The Crown of Wild Olive (1866)p. 247
from "Of Queens' Gardens," lecture (1864); in Sesame and Lilies (1865)p. 259
from journal entry on the Great Exhibition (1851)p. 267
Letters to her daughter, the Princess Royal (1858, 1872)p. 270
from "The Massacre of the Innocents!" (1859)p. 273
Speech at the Mansion House (1850); in Prince Albert's Speeches (1857)p. 279
from "Punch's Own Report of the Opening of the Great Exhibition" (1851)p. 283
from "Silly Novels by Lady Novelists" (1856)p. 287
from "Progress: Its Law and Cause" (1857)p. 295
from "Cassandra," Suggestions for Thought (1860)p. 305
from "A Day Amongst the Fans" (1863)p. 313
Letters from Egypt and the Cape (1864, 1865)p. 319
from "Woman as a Citizen of the State," The Duties of Women (1881)p. 325
from Life of Frances Power Cobbe (1894)p. 329
from Culture and Anarchy (1869, 1875)p. 337
from "Literature and Science," Discourses in America (1885)p. 349
from "Science and Culture," address (1880); in Science and Culture, and Other Essays (1881)p. 359
from "Agnosticism and Christianity" (1889)p. 364
from A Woman's Thoughts About Women (1857, 1858)p. 371
Reasons for the Enfranchisement of Women (1866)p. 377
from The Autobiography of Mrs M. O. W. Oliphant (1899)p. 385
from "How We Live and How We Might Live" (1888)p. 393
from Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873)p. 401
from Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments (1907)p. 409
"An Appeal Against Female Suffrage" (1889)p. 417
from "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" (1891)p. 423
from Travels in West Africa (1897)p. 439
from "The Decadent Movement in Literature" (1893)p. 449
Selected Bibliographyp. 455
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ISBN: 9780231110273
ISBN-10: 0231110278
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 27th August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.65  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.7