The Oxford English Literary History: The Victorians 1830-1880 (Oxford English Literary History Series)

The Oxford English Literary History: The Victorians 1830-1880 (Oxford English Literary History Series)

by Philip Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198184476

ISBN-13: 9780198184478

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Oxford English Literary History is the new century's definitive account of a rich and diverse literary heritage that stretches back for a millennium and more.

Each of these groundbreaking volumes offers a leading scholar's considered assessment of the authors, works, cultural traditions. events, and ideas that shaped the literary voices of their age. The

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The Oxford English Literary History is the new century's definitive account of a rich and diverse literary heritage that stretches back for a millennium and more.

Each of these groundbreaking volumes offers a leading scholar's considered assessment of the authors, works, cultural traditions. events, and ideas that shaped the literary voices of their age. The series will enlighten and inspire not only everyone studying, teaching, and researching in English Literature, but all serious readers.

The Victorian era produced a literature of diversity and experimentation, engaged with powerful controversies and heartfelt arguments that lie at the center of the formation of the modern world. It has often been misrepresented, either as an age of dull and rigid certainty or one of anxious and depressive morbidity, but what distinguishes the writing of the period—from its origins in the 1830s to its crisis point around 1880—is its power of serious inquiry. It poses questions about the relation between society and the individual, the rival claims of market and morality, the form and function of democracy, and, above all, the existence or non-existence of God and the purposes of human life. Such concerns make this a time in which literature has a new urgency and vitality, and lies close to the heart of a culminating crisis of the Western conscience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198184478
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Oxford English Literary History Series
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Introduction
1. Rural to Urban 1830-1850
2. Nature
3. Religion
4. Mind
5. Conditions of Literary Production
6. The Drama
7. Debatable Lands: Variety of Form and Genre in the Early Victorian Novel
8. Alternative Fictions
9. High Realism
10. Lives and Thoughts
11. Poetry
Conclusion
Author Bibliographies
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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