By Herbert F. Tucker
The Victorian interval was once a time of fast cultural swap, which ended in a major and sundry literary output. A New significant other to Victorian Literature and Culture deals skilled assistance to the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its social and historic context. This revised and improved variation includes contributions from over 30 best students who, coming near near 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 background ahead of interpreting the keys stages in a Victorian existence, the best professions and walks of lifestyles, the main Victorian literary genres, and how Victorians outlined their individuals, their houses, and their nationwide identities. very important issues comparable to sexuality, denominational religion, social category, and international empire tell every one chapter’s process. every one bankruptcy offers a finished bibliography of tested and rising scholarship.
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