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Names and Stories: Emilia Dilke and Victorian Culture

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""Emilia Dilke" (1840-1904) was christened Emily Francis Strong and known by her middle name throughout her childhood as the daughter of an army officer-cum-bank manager in Iffley, England, near Oxford, and her days as an art student in London. During her first marriage, she was Francis Pattison or Mrs. Mark Pattison, while her published works of art history and criticism were neutrally signed E.F.S. Pattison. Later, in the 1870s, she privately changed her first name to Emilia, a switch made public when she remarried in 1885. By this second
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Overview

""Emilia Dilke" (1840-1904) was christened Emily Francis Strong and known by her middle name throughout her childhood as the daughter of an army officer-cum-bank manager in Iffley, England, near Oxford, and her days as an art student in London. During her first marriage, she was Francis Pattison or Mrs. Mark Pattison, while her published works of art history and criticism were neutrally signed E.F.S. Pattison. Later, in the 1870s, she privately changed her first name to Emilia, a switch made public when she remarried in 1885. By this second nuptial union she became Lady Dilke, the famous intellectual, feminist, art critic, author, and, eventually, the active and popular President of the Women's Trade Union League for nearly twenty years." "A rich work of biography, literary criticism, aesthetic history, and sociocultural inquiry, Names and Stories traces the life of this fascinating and remarkable woman as it was lived under many different appellations and guises." Names and Stories is not a conventional "life and times" book, even though it recounts a birth-to-death adventure that is both unique and epochal. Rather, the work utilizes Dilke's myriad narratives as the means to broader critical, historical, and theoretical engagements. Debating the very nature of life-study and biography-writing, Israel employs a wide array of published and primary sources to argue that the "names and stories" of Emilia Dilke can help us understand key conflicts and tensions within Victorian Britain, as well as ongoing cultural arguments.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Kali Israel's Names and Stories contributes importantly to the nascent genre of historiographic biography....[Here], Dilke's life is treated for the first time as part of a sustained, historically aware, and critically self-conscious process of representation....Israel accomplishes her stated aims with clarity and often brilliance, using her study of Dilke's life to embark on carefully mapped excursions into various topics related to Victorian spiritual, cultural, and political life."--Victorian Studies

"The book is not merely biographical, but is rich in literary criticism, aesthetic history, and cultural inquiry as it investigates the full spectrum of nineteenth-century British thought and custom."--Michigan Alumnus Magazine

"This is a remarkable work of interdisciplinary scholarship. By exploring narrative representations of the life of the extraordinary Victorian Emilia Dilke, Professor Israel upsets what is often the most conservative form of history writing--biography. This is 'biographical' writing in a truly postmodern key. The author uses Dilke as a complex site for addressing important questions about gender, class, politics, social performance, the body, erotic desire, and how we make historical sense of such things. Kali Israel's study is controversial in the best sense, inviting readers to rethink methods of interpretation and understanding."--James Epstein, Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

"Names and Stories is a fruitful alliance of detailed and generous primary-source research with sophisticated post-modern readings of text; of traditional and 'literary turn' history; and of biography and cultural history. Part of the new school of feminist life-story writing which refuses a continuous, unified recital of its subject, Israel's book on Emilia Dilke (in all her incarnations) is nonetheless wonderfully thorough at retrieving the thousands of texts (including nearly a dozen novels, beginning with Middlemarch) woven around her life. I read it with fascination."--Ellen Ross, Professor of History and Women's Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey

"Israel has produced an unusual treatment of the life of Lady Emilia Dilke, an actor of importance and interest to scholars of Victorian high politics, art, social reform, and feminism. Much more than a 'life and times of...' work, this book demonstrates the integral, textual connections between the stories Dilke told about herself and others and the political, personal, private, cultural, and social life in Victorian Britain. Based upon a vast array of little-used primary materials, it offers an original and stimulating interpretation of both Emilia Dilke's life stories and the use of her life stories to achieve other ends. Israel is among a select group of scholars who seek to broaden and open the possibilities of biography. This is an impressive achievement."--Susan K. Kent, Professor of History, University of Colorado

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195158199
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 0.00 (w) x 0.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kali Israel was educated at Lewis and Clark College and Rutgers University. She is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Genres of Life-Writing
1. One Not Being an Orphan
2. Pictures and Lessons
3. Making a Marriage
4. Bodies: Marriage, Adultery, and Death
5. The Resources of Style
6. French Vices
7. Renaissances
Notes
Identified Works of E. F. S. Pattison/Dilke

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