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Antipodal England
Antipodal England (September 2009)
Emigration and Portable Domesticity in the Victorian Imagination
Janet C. Myers - Author

Examines Victorian conceptions of home and identity by looking at portrayals and accounts of middle-class emigration to Australia.

A common subplot in the Victorian novel involves fictional emigrants who disappear into or arrive from the colonies in ways that facilitate plot development but do little to represent the condition of colonial life. Yet the proliferation of emigrant guides and the enthusiastic debates...(Read More)
 
 
Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture
Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture (April 2009)
Ghislaine McDayter - Author

2009 Elma Dangerfield Award, presented by the International Byron Society

Argues that Byron’s popularity marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural identity.

Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture argues that Byron’s popularity, particularly among women, marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural industry. For nearly two hundred years, Roma...(Read More)
 
 
Aging by the Book
Aging by the Book (March 2009)
The Emergence of Midlife in Victorian Britain
Kay Heath - Author

Uncovers the origins of midlife anxiety in Victorian print culture.

Aging by the Book offers an innovative look at the ways in which middle age, which for centuries had been considered the prime of life, was transformed during the Victorian era into a period of decline. Single women were nearing middle age at thirty, and mothers in their forties were expected to become sexless; meanwhile, fortyish men...(Read More)
 
 
The Mighty Scot
The Mighty Scot (January 2009)
Nation, Gender, and the Nineteenth-Century Mystique of Scottish Masculinity
Maureen M. Martin - Author

Turns a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland.

Turning a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland, The Mighty Scot examines influential representations of Scottishness in literature, art, and hunting memoirs, and explores how Scotland came to be seen as a wellspring of fierce primal masculinity. Maureen M. Martin analyzes portrayals of Scottish masculinity over the course of the ...(Read More)
 
 
Victorian Fetishism
Victorian Fetishism (January 2009)
Intellectuals and Primitives
Peter Melville Logan - Author

Examines the importance of fetishism in nineteenth-century cultural theory.

Victorian Fetishism argues that fetishism was central to the development of cultural theory in the nineteenth century. From 1850 to 1900, when theories of social evolution reached their peak, European intellectuals identified all “primitive” cultures with “Primitive Fetishism,” a psychological form of sel...(Read More)
 
 
Literary Remains
Literary Remains (December 2008)
Representations of Death and Burial in Victorian England
Mary Elizabeth Hotz - Author

Explores Victorian responses to death and burial in literature, journalism, and legal writing.

Literary Remains explores the unexpectedly central role of death and burial in Victorian England. As Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Six Feet Under, quipped, “Once you put a dead body in the room, you can talk about anything.” So, too, with the Victorians: dead bodies, especially their burial a...(Read More)
 
 
Anxious Anatomy
Anxious Anatomy (August 2008)
The Conception of the Human Form in Literary and Naturalist Discourse
Stefani Engelstein - Author

Examines the body in literature and science in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe.

In Anxious Anatomy, Stefani Engelstein reconstructs the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century human body to offer startling new readings of major works by Goethe, Blake, Heinrich von Kleist, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. Engelstein links research on reproduction both to the ability ...(Read More)
 
 
Chaucerian Spaces
Chaucerian Spaces (June 2008)
Spatial Poetics in Chaucer's Opening Tales
William F. Woods - Author

Examines affect and the significance of space and place in the first six Canterbury Tales.

Chaucerian Spaces explores the affect and the significance of space and place in the first six tales in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Relatively little has been written about space in the Canterbury Tales, yet the rewards for attending to this aspect of Chaucer’s aesthetic are ...(Read More)
 
 
Manly Leaders in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Manly Leaders in Nineteenth-Century British Literature (March 2008)
Daniela Garofalo - Author

Examines fantasies of charismatic, virile leaders in British literature from the 1790s to the 1840s.

From the 1790s to the 1840s, the fear that Britain had become too effeminate to protect itself against the anarchic forces unleashed by the French Revolution produced in many British writers of the period a desire to portray strong leaders who could control the democratic and commercial forces of modernization. While...(Read More)
 
 
Cholera and Nation
Cholera and Nation (January 2008)
Doctoring the Social Body in Victorian England
Pamela K. Gilbert - Author

How cholera epidemics affected Victorian perceptions of the body and the nation.

Drawing from sermons, novels, newspaper editorials, poetry, medical texts, and the writings of social activists, Cholera and Nation explores how the coming of the cholera epidemics during a period of intense political reform in Britain set the terms by which the social body would be defined. In part by historical accident, e...(Read More)
 
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