By Herbert F. Tucker

The Victorian interval was once a time of quick cultural switch, which led to a big and sundry literary output. A New spouse to Victorian Literature and Culture bargains skilled counsel to the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its social and old context. This revised and increased variation includes contributions from over 30 major students who, forthcoming the Victorian epoch from varied positions and traditions, delve into the unruly complexities of the Victorian imagination.

Divided into 5 components, this new better half surveys seven many years of heritage sooner than analyzing the keys levels in a Victorian lifestyles, the major professions and walks of lifestyles, the foremost Victorian literary genres, and how Victorians outlined their individuals, their houses, and their nationwide identities. very important issues comparable to sexuality, denominational religion, social type, and worldwide empire tell every one chapter’s process. every one bankruptcy offers a accomplished bibliography of confirmed and rising scholarship.

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Who order’d that their longing’s fire Should be, as soon as kindled, cool’d? Who renders vain their deep desire? – A God, a God their severance rul’d; And bade betwixt their shores to be The unplumb’d, salt, estranging sea. This malevolent God designed human life as an exercise in sadism: For, alas! he left us each retaining Shreds of gifts which he refus’d in full. Still these waste us with their hopeless straining – Still the attempt to use them proves them null. ” Alfred Tennyson appears similarly disoriented in his search for a solid ground of faith in the early stanzas of his great poem In Memoriam (1850), a spiritual autobiography occasioned by the death of his intimate friend, Arthur Henry Hallam.

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Thomas Carlyle was also concerned with the dehumanizing effects of industrial capitalism. Anticipating Arnold’s strategy in “Dover Beach,” in Past and Present (1843) he compared the Middle Ages, idealized as a period of political, social, and religious stability, to industrialized England and prophetically concluded: I well venture to believe that in no time, since the beginnings of Society, was the lot of [the] dumb millions of toilers so entirely unbearable as it is even in the days now passing over us.

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