Knowing the Past: Victorian Literature and Culture

Knowing the Past: Victorian Literature and Culture

by Suzy Anger
     
 

To what extent is it possible to know the past or to know other cultures? Can one describe the past without imposing one's own cultural, political, social, or personal preconceptions? Testing the current skepticism that insists that it is impossible...See more details below

Overview

To what extent is it possible to know the past or to know other cultures? Can one describe the past without imposing one's own cultural, political, social, or personal preconceptions? Testing the current skepticism that insists that it is impossible...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487651
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Knowing the Victorians1
ITheorizing the Victorians
1Text vs. Hypertext: Seeing the Victorian Object as in Itself It Really Is25
2The Golden Bough and the Unknowable32
3Daniel Deronda: A New Epistemology52
IIVictorians Theorizing
4Walter Pater's Impressionism and the Form of Historical Revival77
5Arnold and the Authorization of Criticism100
6Aesthetics, Ethics, and Unreadable Acts in George Eliot121
IIIContinuities
7The Structure of Anxiety in Political Economy and Hard Times151
8How to Be a Benefactor without Any Money: The Chill of Welfare in Great Expectations172
9Tracking the Sentimental Eye192
IVVictorian Meanings
10Knowing and Telling in Dickens's Retrospects215
11Inside the Shark's Mouth: William Lovett's Struggle for Political Language234
12Knowing a Life: Edith Simcox - Sat est vixisse?252
Notes on Contributors267
Index271

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