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Victorian Literature: An Anthology

Victor Shea (Editor), William Whitla (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8865-4
1008 pages
December 2014, ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Victorian Literature is a comprehensive and fully annotated anthology with a flexible design that allows teachers and students to pursue traditional or innovative lines of inquiry – from the canon to its extensions and its contexts.

  •  Represents the period’s major writers of prose, poetry, drama, and more, including Tennyson, Arnold, the Brownings, Carlyle, Ruskin, the Rossettis, Wilde, Eliot, and the Brontës
  • Promotes an ideologically and culturally varied view of Victorian society with the inclusion of women, working-class, colonial, and gay and lesbian writers
  • Incorporates recent scholarship with 5 contextual sections and innovative sub-sections on topics like environmentalism and animal rights; mass literacy and mass media; sex and sexuality;  melodrama and comedy; the Irish question; ruling India and the Indian Mutiny and innovations in print culture
  • Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the field with a focus on social, cultural, artistic, and historical factors
  • Includes a fully annotated companion website for teachers and students offering expanded context sections, additional readings from key writers, appendices, and an extensive bibliography
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Table of Contents

List of Plates and Illustrations xlii

Preface xlv

Abbreviations li

Introduction 1

Part one Contexts 19

The Condition of England 21

1. The Victorian Social Formation 27

2. Education and Mass Literacy 37

3. Progress, Industrialization, and Reform 18

4. Working-Class Voices 45

5. Pollution, Protection, and Preservation 61

Gender, Women, and Sexuality 49

1. Constructing Genders 56

2. The Woman Question 68

3. Sex and Sexuality 84

Literature and the Arts 81

1. Debates about Literature 87

2. Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, and Decadence 98

3. Literature and New Technologies 144

3.1 Book Publishing 144

3.2 Aural Culture 152

3.3 Photography and Cinema 161

Religion and Science 113

1. Geology and Evolution 122

2. Religious Faith and Uncertainty 196

Empire 142

1. Celebration and Criticism 148

2. Governing the Colonies 166

2.1 India 166

2.2 White Colonies and Dependencies 229

2.3 Ireland 234

2.4 Africa 245

3. Imperial Travellers 254

Part Two Authors 181

Walter Savage Landor (1775 - 1864) 183

Charlotte Elliott (1789 - 1871) 185

John Keble (1792 - 1866) 186

Felicia Hemans (1793 - 1835) 190

Janet Hamilton (1795 - 1873) 198

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) 200

Maria Smith Abdy (1797 - 1867) 210

Mary Howitt (1799 - 1888) 212

Thomas Hood (1799 - 1845) 216

Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799 - 1872) 222

Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800 - 59) 225

John Henry Newman (1801 - 90) 230

William Barnes (1801 - 86) 239

Harriet Martineau (1802 - 76) 244

L. E. L. [Letitia Elizabeth Landon] (1802 - 38) 248

Elizabeth Duncan Campbell (1804 - 78) 258

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 61) 266

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 73) 272

Caroline Norton (1808 - 77) 285

Charles Darwin (1809 - 82) 293

Edward FitzGerald (1809 - 83) 301

Alfred Tennyson (1809 - 92) 318

Robert Browning (1812 - 89) 420

Edward Lear (1812 - 88) 451

Samuel Smiles (1812 - 1904) 455

Charlotte Brontë (1816 - 55) 457

Grace Aguilar (1816 - 47) 464

Edwin Waugh (1817 - 90) 467

Emily Jane Brontë (1818 - 48) 470

Eliza Cook (1818 - 89) 477

Arthur Hugh Clough (1819 - 61) 479

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900) 484

Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) 506

George Eliot (1819 - 80) 509

Anne Brontë (1820 - 49) 511

Jean Ingelow (1820 - 97) 516

Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910) 518

Dora Greenwell (1821 - 82) 529

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 88) 532

Coventry Patmore (1823 - 96) 564

Sydney Dobell (1824 - 74) 572

William Topaz McGonagall (1825 - 1902) 574

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825 - 1895) 578

Adelaide Anne Procter (1825 - 64) 583

Eliza Harriet Keary (1827 - 1918) 588

Samuel Laycock (1826 - 93) 591

Emily Pfeiffer (1827 - 90) 594

Ellen Johnston (c.1827 - 74) 598

George Meredith (1828 - 1909) 605

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 82) 606

Gerald Massey (1828 - 1907) 628

Elizabeth Siddal (1829 - 62) 631

Christina Rossetti (1830 - 94) 634

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 98) 671

William Morris (1834 - 96) 679

James Thomson [B. V.] (1834 - 82) 700

William Schwenck Gilbert (1836 - 1911) 720

Augusta Webster (1837 - 94) 729

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909) 746

Walter Horatio Pater (1839 - 94) 759

Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) 769

Mathilde Blind (1841 - 96) 776

Violet Fane (1843 - 1905) 779

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 - 89) 783

Louisa Sarah Bevington (1845 - 95) 806

Marion Bernstein (1846 - 1906) 810

Michael Field [Katharine Harris Bradley (1846 - 1914) and Edith Cooper (1862 - 1913)] 815

Alice Meynell (1847 - 1922) 830

William Hurrell Mallock (1849 - 1923) 833

William Ernest Henley (1849 - 1903) 836

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 94) 843

Arthur Clement Hilton (1851 - 77) 849

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) 850

John Davidson (1857 - 1909) 857

Constance Naden (1858 - 89) 861

A. E. Housman (1859 - 1936) 869

Francis Thompson (1859 - 1907) 880

Rosamund Marriott Watson (1860 - 1911) 885

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861 - 1907) 892

Amy Levy (1861 - 89) 897

Henry Newbolt (1862 - 1938) 903

Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945) 909

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939) 914

Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) 918

Lionel Johnson (1867 - 1902) 926

Ernest Dowson (1867 - 1900) 929

Charlotte Mew (1869 - 1928) 934

Appendix 1: Money and Banking 503

Appendix 2: Nineteenth-Century British Timelines 504

Further Reading 505

Index of Authors and Titles 514

Index of Authors and Titles 941

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Author Information

Victor Shea is Associate Professor of Humanities and English at York University, Canada. He holds degrees from University of Prince Edward Island, University of Toronto, and York University. His research interests include Victorian culture and literature, British Empire and imperialism, American Studies, and literary theory. With William Whitla, he is co-editor of Essays and Reviews: The 1860 Text and its Readings (2000) and co-author of Foundations: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing (2nd edition, 2005).

William Whitla is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in English and Humanities at York University, Canada.  He holds degrees from University of Toronto, TrinityCollege, and University of Oxford. His research interests include Victorian culture and literature, literary theory, and interdisciplinary studies in medieval and Renaissance studies. He is the author of The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). With Victor Shea, he is co-editor of Essays and Reviews: The 1860 Text and its Readings (2000) and co-author of Foundations: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing (2nd edition, 2005).

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Reviews

“A fully annotated anthology of Victorian literature is a massive undertaking, and the editors are to be commended for this near-heroic level of endeavor and the inclusiveness of their selections.”—Florence Boos, University of Iowa

“In Victorian Literature Shea and Whitla have created a unique anthology that continues as an online resource, extending the contents in deep and subtle ways. The reader finds a rich account of Victorian culture, from issues of industrialisation, gender, and colonial ideology to the art and architecture of the period, including the Victorian art form, the photograph. The comprehensive gathering of poems includes women's poetry and working-class poetry.”—Isobel Armstrong, Birkbeck, University of London

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