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Title:
Victorian literature
Author:
Swisher, Clarice, 1933-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
208 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
The era of reform -- The character of Victorian writing -- The poets -- The novelists -- Victorian literature reconsidered.
ISBN:
9780737702095

9780737702088
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Twenty contributions, chosen and edited for ease of comprehension by young adult audiences, present an overview of English literature under the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). The material is organized into chapters treating the reformist qualities of the writers, the character of the writing, the poetry, and the novels. Specific topics include female independence in , the philosophy of George Eliot, the effect of an increasing readership, and the metrical style of Tennyson's poems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Summary

Twenty contributions, chosen and edited for ease of comprehension by young adult audiences, present an overview of English literature under the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). The material is organized into chapters treating the reformist qualities of the writers, the character of the writing, the poetry, and the novels. Specific topics include female independence in Jane Eyre, the philosophy of George Eliot, the effect of an increasing readership, and the metrical style of Tennyson's poems. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. Although the Victorian era ended nearly 100 years ago, its fascination for adult history and literature enthusiasts seems as strong as ever. High school students probably won't pick up the books analyzed in this entry in the Literary Movements and Genres series unless they are required reading, but the solid, often enlightening essays make the selections more accessible. The introduction is especially helpful. It offers a clear overview of both the period and the writers who depicted the era either through straightforward adherence to the mores of the day or through subtle defiance of the restrictions society imposed. In general, the essays cover an idea, a philosophy, or a literary technique shared by several authors of the period. Only Wuthering Heights is singled out for literary analysis. Most information on works and authors comes in small pieces within essays, which will often prove entirely sufficient for students needing support for a research topic. --Roger Leslie


School Library Journal Review

Gr 12 Up-This scholarly anthology of critical essays that have been published in academic journals and other books provides an introduction to the Victorian literary movement that took place in England from 1830 to 1900. Historical and political background is given at the beginning of each chapter, along with other pertinent information that will help readers to better understand the literature of this period. Subsequent sections offer critical analyses of specific authors and works such as Matthew Arnold, Charles Dickens, the Bront' sisters, and George Eliot. Though the information is accurate and the arguments presented in the essays are written by well-known scholars, the dry writing style and academic nature of the essays will not appeal to students.-Sarah Smith, Harrison Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. Although the Victorian era ended nearly 100 years ago, its fascination for adult history and literature enthusiasts seems as strong as ever. High school students probably won't pick up the books analyzed in this entry in the Literary Movements and Genres series unless they are required reading, but the solid, often enlightening essays make the selections more accessible. The introduction is especially helpful. It offers a clear overview of both the period and the writers who depicted the era either through straightforward adherence to the mores of the day or through subtle defiance of the restrictions society imposed. In general, the essays cover an idea, a philosophy, or a literary technique shared by several authors of the period. Only Wuthering Heights is singled out for literary analysis. Most information on works and authors comes in small pieces within essays, which will often prove entirely sufficient for students needing support for a research topic. --Roger Leslie


School Library Journal Review

Gr 12 Up-This scholarly anthology of critical essays that have been published in academic journals and other books provides an introduction to the Victorian literary movement that took place in England from 1830 to 1900. Historical and political background is given at the beginning of each chapter, along with other pertinent information that will help readers to better understand the literature of this period. Subsequent sections offer critical analyses of specific authors and works such as Matthew Arnold, Charles Dickens, the Bront' sisters, and George Eliot. Though the information is accurate and the arguments presented in the essays are written by well-known scholars, the dry writing style and academic nature of the essays will not appeal to students.-Sarah Smith, Harrison Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Walter E. HoughtonRoland A. DuerksenEdith C. Batho and Bonamy DobreeGeoffrey TillotsonJohn R. ReedRichard D. AltickJohn D. Cooke and Lionel StevensonKristian SmidtWalter E. Houghton and G. Robert StangeE.D.H. JohnsonT.S. EliotShiv K. KumarAllan BrickRichard ChurchFrederick R. KarlVereen BellErica JongS. Diana NeillJohn HollowayLionel StevensonWalter E. HoughtonRoland A. DuerksenEdith C. Batho and Bonamy DobreeGeoffrey TillotsonJohn R. ReedRichard D. AltickJohn D. Cooke and Lionel StevensonKristian SmidtWalter E. Houghton and G. Robert StangeE.D.H. JohnsonT.S. EliotShiv K. KumarAllan BrickRichard ChurchFrederick R. KarlVereen BellErica JongS. Diana NeillJohn HollowayLionel Stevenson
Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Victorian Literature: An Overviewp. 11
Chapter 1 The Era of Reform
1 Victorian Writers Provided Public Guidancep. 28
2. Victorian Writers Rejected Radical Social Reformsp. 37
3. Victorian Essayists Criticized the Industrial Agep. 42
Chapter 2 The Character of Victorian Writing
1. The Antiliterary Tone of Victorian Prosep. 52
2. Victorian Novels Have a Moral Designp. 58
3. Victorian Writers Catered to an Increasing Readershipp. 66
4. Victorian Nonfiction Possesses Literary Qualitiesp. 76
Chapter 3 The Poets
1. Victorian Poetry Reflects the Intellectual Uncertainty of the Agep. 86
2. Victorian Poets Were Devaluedp. 95
3. Victorian Poets Accommodated Popular Tastep. 105
4. Tennyson's Metrical Masteryp. 113
5. The Moment of Illumination in Browning's Dramatic Monologuesp. 122
6. The Search for Self-Knowledge in Arnold's Poetryp. 129
Chapter 4 The Novelists
1. Five Major Victorian Novelistsp. 138
2. The Victorian Herop. 147
3. The Epic Heritage of Wuthering Heightsp. 152
4. Female Independence in Jane Eyrep. 161
5. Dickens: The Epitome of the Victorian Agep. 167
6. George Eliot: The Imaginative Philosopherp. 179
Epilogue: Victorian Literature Reconsidered
1. Modern Attitudes Toward Victorian Fictionp. 189
Chronologyp. 196
For Further Researchp. 200
Works Consultedp. 203
Indexp. 204
Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Victorian Literature: An Overviewp. 11
Chapter 1 The Era of Reform
1 Victorian Writers Provided Public Guidancep. 28
2. Victorian Writers Rejected Radical Social Reformsp. 37
3. Victorian Essayists Criticized the Industrial Agep. 42
Chapter 2 The Character of Victorian Writing
1. The Antiliterary Tone of Victorian Prosep. 52
2. Victorian Novels Have a Moral Designp. 58
3. Victorian Writers Catered to an Increasing Readershipp. 66
4. Victorian Nonfiction Possesses Literary Qualitiesp. 76
Chapter 3 The Poets
1. Victorian Poetry Reflects the Intellectual Uncertainty of the Agep. 86
2. Victorian Poets Were Devaluedp. 95
3. Victorian Poets Accommodated Popular Tastep. 105
4. Tennyson's Metrical Masteryp. 113
5. The Moment of Illumination in Browning's Dramatic Monologuesp. 122
6. The Search for Self-Knowledge in Arnold's Poetryp. 129
Chapter 4 The Novelists
1. Five Major Victorian Novelistsp. 138
2. The Victorian Herop. 147
3. The Epic Heritage of Wuthering Heightsp. 152
4. Female Independence in Jane Eyrep. 161
5. Dickens: The Epitome of the Victorian Agep. 167
6. George Eliot: The Imaginative Philosopherp. 179
Epilogue: Victorian Literature Reconsidered
1. Modern Attitudes Toward Victorian Fictionp. 189
Chronologyp. 196
For Further Researchp. 200
Works Consultedp. 203
Indexp. 204