The Victorian Age: An Anthology of Sources and Documents / Edition 1

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The Victorian Age introduces students of nineteenth-century literary and cultural history to the main areas of intellectual debate in the Victorian period. Bringing together for the first time in one volume a wide range of primary source material, this anthology gives readers a unique insight into the ways in which different areas of Victorian intellectual debate were interconnected.
The Victorian Age covers developments in social and political theory, economics, science and religion, aesthetics, and sexuality and gender, and provides access to a range of documents which have hitherto been highly inaccessible - both difficult to locate and difficult to interpret and understand. This authoritative anthology contains:
* a general introduction which explains the various ways in which the relationships between literary and intellectual culture can be theorised
* essays describing the background to the areas of debate illustrated by the selected source documents
* bibliographical notes on all the documents included
* brief accounts of the reputation and career of the documents' authors.
This volume will enable humanities students, as well as the general reader, to understand complex areas of debates in an unusually wide range of disciplines, several of which will be unfamiliar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415271141
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A note on the texts 7
A note on annotation 8
1 Theories of Social Life: Utilitarianism, Communitarianism, Organicism 27
From Jeremy Bentham, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789; 1838) 27
From John Stuart Mill, 'Utilitarianism' (1861) 39
From John Grote, An Examination of the Utilitarian Philosophy (1870) 56
From Robert Owen, Report to the County of Lanark (1821) 68
From Herbert Spencer, 'Art IV. - The Social Organism' (1860) 83
2 Theories of the Market: Political Economy, Marginal Utility Theory, Socialist Economics 93
From David Ricardo, On the Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation (1817; 1821) 93
From John Stuart Mill, 'On the Definition of Political Economy' (1836) 108
From Walter Bagehot, 'The Postulates of English Political Economy No. 1' (1876) 115
From William Stanley Jevons, The Theory of Political Economy (1871) 129
From Henry Mayers Hyndman, England for All: The Text-Book of Democracy (1881) 142
3 Politics and Representation: Authoritarianism, Liberalism, Socialism 155
From Thomas Carlyle, Chartism (1840) 155
From Matthew Arnold, 'Anarchy and Authority' (1868) 167
From John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859) 183
William Morris et al., 'The Manifesto of the Socialist League' (1885) 193
4 God and Nature: Evolutionary Theory 213
From Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology. Volume I (1830) 213
From Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859) 227
From Thomas Henry Huxley, Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature (1863) 254
From Samuel Wilberforce, 'Art VII. On the Origin of Species ...' (1860) 272
From Herbert Spencer, 'The Study of Sociology. XIV. - Preparation in Biology' (1873) 278
5 God and Reason: Biblical Scholarship 289
From Benjamin Jowett, 'On the Interpretation of Scripture' (1860) 289
From John William Colenso, The Pentateuch and Book of Joshua Critically Examined (1862) 299
6 Art as Morality 325
From John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice. Volume II (1853) 325
From Matthew Arnold, 'Art VIII. - The Functions of Criticism at the Present Time' (1864) 351
7 Art for Arts Sake 369
From Algernon Swinburne, Notes on Poems and Reviews (1866) 369
From Walter Pater, Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) 383
From Oscar Wilde, 'The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue' (1889) 390
From Arthur Symons, The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1899) 410
8 Art as Pathology 415
From Max Nordau, Degeneration (1895) 415
9 Art and the State 433
From William Morris, 'Art Under Plutocracy' (1884) 433
From William John Courthope, Life in Poetry: Law in Taste (1901) 446
10 Defining the Norm 473
From William Acton, The Functions and Disorders of the Reproductive Organs (1857) 473
From Henry Havelock Ellis, Man and Woman: A Study of Human Secondary Sexual Characters (1894) 486
11 Defining Women 495
From Sarah Stickney Ellis, The Women of England: Their Social Duties, and Domestic Habits (n.d. 1843?) 495
From John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies (1865) 505
From John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women (1869) 520
12 Defining Men 535
From Edward Carpenter, Homogenic Love and its Place in a Free Society (1894) 535
From John Addington Symonds, A Problem in Modern Ethics (1896) 549
Notes 557
Index 616
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