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Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Jane Wood

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In what was once described as ‘the century of nerves’, a fascination with the mysterious processes governing physical and psychological states was shared by medical and fiction writers alike. This ... More


Last Things: Emily Brontë's Poems

Janet Gezari

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199543298
eISBN:
9780191701306
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543298.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Emily Brontë's poems are more frequently celebrated than read. Ironically, their very uniqueness and strangeness have made them less interesting to current feminist critics than other poetry written ... More


Introduction

Heather Glen

in Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book explores Charlotte Brontë's novels and the feelings they continue to stir in her readers. For generations, Brontë's novels have stirred their readers to intense and passionate response. ... More


Overwhelmed: Literature, Aesthetics, and the Nineteenth-Century Information Revolution

Maurice S. Lee

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691192925
eISBN:
9780691194219
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691192925.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

What happens to literature during an information revolution? How do readers and writers adapt to proliferating data and texts? These questions appear uniquely urgent today in a world of information ... More


The World in Play: Portraits of a Victorian Concept

Matthew Kaiser

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804776080
eISBN:
9780804778947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804776080.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Nineteenth-century Britain was a world in play. The Victorians invented the weekend and built hundreds of parks and playgrounds. In the wake of Darwin, they re-imagined nature as a contest for ... More


Classics and the Family in the Victorian Novel

Isobel Hurst

in Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283514
eISBN:
9780191712715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The varied accounts of classical studies in fiction deserve a more prominent place in the analysis of 19th-century reception of the classics. This chapter discusses fictions about women studying the ... More


Vertical and Horizontal

Stephen Clingman

in The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199278497
eISBN:
9780191706981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278497.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

What happens when possibilities of metonymy, contiguity, transition, navigation, are blocked? The chapter takes on these issues, key to a grammar of identity. At the core is a paradigmatic matrix of ... More


Petted Things: Cruelty and Sympathy in the Brontës

Ivan Kreilkamp

in Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226576237
eISBN:
9780226576404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226576404.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues that the early novels of the Brontë sisters were written in conversation with an emerging set of social, political, and philosophical questions regarding the human treatment of ... More


Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Heather Glen

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This study of Charlotte Brontë's novels draws on original research in a range of early Victorian writings, on subjects ranging from women's day-dreaming to sanitary reform, from the Great Exhibition ... More


Love's Madness: Medicine, the Novel, and Female Insanity, 1800-1865

Helen Small

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184911
eISBN:
9780191674396
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184911.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book contributes to the interdisciplinary study of insanity. Focusing on the figure of the love-mad woman, the author presents a significant reassessment of the ways in which British medical ... More


The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900

Sally Shuttleworth

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199582563
eISBN:
9780191702327
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582563.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

What is the difference between a lie and a fantasy, when the subject is a child? Moving between literary and scientific texts, this book explores the range of fascinating issues that emerge when the ... More


Novel Violence: A Narratography of Victorian Fiction

Garrett Stewart

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226774589
eISBN:
9780226774602
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226774602.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Victorian novels, this book argues, hurtle forward in prose as violent as the brutal human existence they chronicle. The book explains how such language assaults the norms of written expression and ... More


‘Quiet and Uneventful’?: Female Literary Biography

Juliette Atkinson

in Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199572137
eISBN:
9780191722967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572137.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter 5 provides further evidence of Victorian biographers' distrust of their public through the biographies of minor women writers. The chapter argues that Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Brontë ... More


The Emergence of Child Psychiatry

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199582563
eISBN:
9780191702327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582563.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the emergence of child psychiatry in England during the 1840s. It discusses Leonard Guthrie's book Functional Nervous Disorders in Childhood where he highlighted the enormous ... More


Puritan and Provincial Englands: From Emily Brontë to D. H. Lawrence

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter discusses novels that have Puritanism as a central theme. Typical traits possessed by a Puritan are also explored in the chapter. Carlyle portrays the Puritans in his novels as those who ... More


Tory Daughters and the Politics of Marriage: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and Elizabeth Gaskell

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The politics and the national interest in marriage is discussed in the chapter. Marriages among daughters of the members of aristocracy historically were arranged by their parents and usually against ... More


Epilogue

Heather Glen

in Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272556
eISBN:
9780191699627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272556.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

It has come to be customary to read Villette as the story of Lucy Snowe: a self-defensive character, a ‘constitutionally nervous’ individual, ‘a nobody and a somebody’, an exemplary figure of ... More


And First

Gezari Janet

in Last Things: Emily Brontë's Poems

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199543298
eISBN:
9780191701306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543298.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to offer new ways to read Emily Brontë's poems and new reasons for wanting to read them. It presents a view of Emily Brontë's poems that seeks ... More


Last Things

Gezari Janet

in Last Things: Emily Brontë's Poems

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199543298
eISBN:
9780191701306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543298.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter considers poems that involve imprisonment and the possibility of escape from it, whether the imprisonment is imagined as confinement in a grated den, in the ordinary daylight world, or ... More


Fathoming ‘Remembrance’

Gezari Janet

in Last Things: Emily Brontë's Poems

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199543298
eISBN:
9780191701306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543298.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter focuses on a poem called ‘Remembrance’. ‘Remembrance’ is remarkable for its ubiquity in the period and for the particular associations it would have evoked. In 1846, ‘Remembrance’ was ... More


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