Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature

by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
     
 

"This major study examines a Victorian obsession with 'influence', the often unpredictable after-effects of words and actions, in fields as diverse as mesmerism and theology, literary theory, and sanitation reform. For writers such as Tennyson, FitzGerald, and Dickens, the idea is both a theoretical and a practical problem. Survival is not only what their writing… See more details below

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"This major study examines a Victorian obsession with 'influence', the often unpredictable after-effects of words and actions, in fields as diverse as mesmerism and theology, literary theory, and sanitation reform. For writers such as Tennyson, FitzGerald, and Dickens, the idea is both a theoretical and a practical problem. Survival is not only what their writing critically examines, but also what it sets out to achieve." Readership: Scholars of Victorian literature, cultural history, and the history of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198187271
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/02/2002
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Forms of Survival9
2Voices in the Air85
3Tennyson's Sympathy182
4Edward Fitzgerald: Under the Influence270
Afterword342
Bibliography346
Index367

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