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By James Eli Adams

Incorporating a large variety of up to date scholarship, A historical past of Victorian Literature provides an summary of the literature produced in nice Britain among 1830 and 1900, with clean attention of either significant figures and a few of the era's much less conventional authors. a part of the Blackwell Histories of Literature sequence, the e-book describes the advance of the Victorian literary stream and areas it inside its cultural, social and political context.A wide-ranging narrative review of literature in nice Britain among 1830 and 1900, taking pictures the extreme number of literary output produced in this eraAnalyzes the advance of all literary types in this interval - the radical, poetry, drama, autobiography and demanding prose - along with significant advancements in social and highbrow historyConsiders the ways that writers engaged with new kinds of social accountability of their paintings, as Britain remodeled into the world's first commercial economyOffers a clean standpoint at the paintings of either significant figures and a few of the era?s much less general authors

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And moves from “gladsome looks of household love” to a concluding exhortation, The free, fair homes of England! Long, long in hut and hall, May hearts of native proof be rear’d To guard each hallow’d wall! And green for ever be the groves, And bright the flowery sod, Where first the child’s glad spirit loves Its country and its God! (ll. 33–40; Hemans 2002) In such lyrics, patriotism and familial affection are fused in a single, all-encompassing devotion. ) The effect is notable even in Hemans’s most famous poem, “Casabianca” of 1829 (“The boy stood on the burning deck …”), which would remain a staple of school recitation more than a century after her death.

Indd 24 12/26/2008 6:14:32 PM Introduction: Locating Victorian Literature 25 The domestic interests of the English novel – given newly sophisticated embodiment in the work of Edgeworth and Austen – seemed an especially apt vehicle for probing the interrelations of public and private realms. The marriage plot, long seen to be a defining convention of the English novel, took on new resonance in this context – so much so that the formal development of the novel might be charted largely in terms of the various stresses to which the marriage plot is subjected.

In the 1830s and 1840s, critics frequently measured aspiring poets against a demand not only for emotional engagement but also for moral vision, and slapped down pretenders with a correspondingly fierce condescension. The combativeness, typically captured in archly gendered terms, reflected the eminence of the office – which admitted women and working-class men only on special suffrage. The most enduringly popular volume of the latter half of the 1820s was John Keble’s The Christian Year (1827), which owed much of its prominence to its immersion in Anglican worship and belief.

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