Contesting Cultural Authority: Essays in Victorian Intellectual Life

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This volume of essays by a leading scholar of Victorian intellectual history reflects research, teaching, and writing carried out over more than twenty years. Five of the essays are new; seven, although published previously, have been revised for this collection. The essays cover an extremely wide spectrum of Victorian thought, including the issues of secularization, cultural apostasy, the crisis of faith, Victorian scientific naturalism, the conflict between science and religion, the relationship of science and ...
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Overview

This volume of essays by a leading scholar of Victorian intellectual history reflects research, teaching, and writing carried out over more than twenty years. Five of the essays are new; seven, although published previously, have been revised for this collection. The essays cover an extremely wide spectrum of Victorian thought, including the issues of secularization, cultural apostasy, the crisis of faith, Victorian scientific naturalism, the conflict between science and religion, the relationship of science and politics, and Victorian attitudes towards the ancient world. Taken as a whole the essays constitute a major revisionist overview of the Victorian intellectual enterprise which will be of interest to scholars in a wide variety of fields. A theme that runs throughout the volume is the manner in which various groups within the Victorian intellectual elite attempted to wrest or to protect cultural dominance for their particular professions, academic disciplines, and philosophical outlooks. The author is concerned with the manner in which these struggles determined the social organization of British thought, education, and general intellectual endeavour. He draws important parallels between developments in fields as different as Victorian science and classical studies. In that regard the essays are designed to speak to one another and to draw the reader into frequently unfamiliar byways of Victorian thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521068789
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The religious and the secular in Victorian Britain 3
2 Cultural apostasy and the foundations of Victorian intellectual life 38
3 The crisis of faith and the faith that was lost 73
4 The secularization of the social vision of British natural theology 101
5 Victorian scientific naturalism and Thomas Carlyle 131
6 Rainfall, plagues, and the Prince of Wales 151
7 The Victorian conflict between science and religion: a professional dimension 171
8 Public science in Britain: 1880-1919 201
9 British politics and the demise of the Roman republic: 1700-1939 231
10 Ancient materialism and modern science: Lucretius among the Victorians 262
11 Virgil in Victorian classical contexts 284
12 The triumph of idealism in Victorian classical studies 322
Index 362
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