Remaking Queen Victoria

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Queen Victoria's central importance to the era defined by her reign is self-evident, and yet it has been surprisingly overlooked in the study of Victorian culture. This collection of essays by noted scholars in literature, cultural studies, art history, and women's studies goes beyond biography and official history to explore the diverse and sometimes conflicting meanings this complex and fascinating figure held for her subjects around the world and even for those outside her empire.

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" invaluable resource which could used as a text in classes in several disciplines." Rosemary T. VanArsdel, Victorian Periodicals

"Excellent essays by Alison Booth, Elizabeth Langland, Robin L. Bott, Maria Jerinic, and Karen Chase and Michael Levenson explore the ways that Victoria both informed and was appropriated by the culture of her time. This book is a fine contribution to cultural studies of Victoria in all her many incarnations." Joseph W. Childers

"Containing twelve thought-provoking essays, this collection ensures that Victoria now has fewer places to hide before the scholarly eye." Nineteenth-Century Literature

"...essays here raise interesting questions, questions which could concern historians." Dorothy Thompson, Victorian Studies

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; 1. Introduction Margaret Homans and Adrienne Munich; Part I. Nation-Making: 2. Nation and nationality: Queen Victoria in the developing narrative of Englishness Elizabeth Langland; 3. Crossing the Atlantic with Victoria: American receptions, 1837–1901 Mary Loeffelholz; Part II. Queen Victoria and Other Queens: 4. Illustrious company: Victoria among other women in Anglo-American role model anthologies Alison Booth; 5. Gloriana Victoriana: Victoria and the cultural memory of Elizabeth I Nicola J. Watson; 6. 'Be no more housewives, but queens': Queen Victoria and Ruskin's domestic mythology Sharon Aronofsky Weltman; 7. How we lost the empire: retelling the stories of the Rani of Jansi and Queen Victoria Maria Jerinic; 8. 'I know what is due to me': self-fashioning and legitimization in Queen Liliuokalani's Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen Robin Bott; Part III. Victoria's Career, Early and Late: 9. Reading and writing Victoria: the conduct book and the legal constitution of female sovereignty Gail Turley Houston; 10. The wise child and her 'offspring': some changing faces of Queen Victoria Susan P. Casteras; '11. I never saw a man so frightened': the young queen and the Parliamentary bedchamber Karen Chase and Michael Levenson; 12. The 'Widdy's' empire: Queen Victoria as widow in Kipling's soldier stories and in the Barrack-Room Ballads Dagni Bredeson; Part IV. Afterlife: 13. Queen Victoria in the Funnyhouse: Adrienne Kennedy and the rituals of colonial possession Janet Winston; Bibliography; Index.

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