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A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Jane Aaron

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128908
eISBN:
9780191671739
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In 1796, when Mary Lamb killed her mother in a sudden attack of violent frenzy, her brother Charles pledged himself to be responsible for her care, thus sparing her from threatened incarceration in ... More


Introduction

Jane Aaron

in A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128908
eISBN:
9780191671739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book explores the unique relationship between Charles and Mary Lamb, its implications for gender relations, and its effects upon their writings. The oscillations in the reception of Charles's ... More


‘The impertinence of manhood’

Jane Aaron

in A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128908
eISBN:
9780191671739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Under Samuel Taylor Coleridge's influence, Charles Lamb, by 1796, had made some tentative and initially unpublished beginnings in poetic composition. But the shock of his sister Mary's act of ... More


‘Bridget and I should be ever playing’

Jane Aaron

in A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128908
eISBN:
9780191671739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

By 1820, Charles and Mary Lamb had lived alone together for over twenty years, since the death of their father in 1799. Both frequently testify in their letters to the wholeheartedness with which ... More


Rank and Gender

Jane Aaron

in A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128908
eISBN:
9780191671739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The decades bridging the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries witnessed a period of social change in Britain which has been described as more drastically revolutionary than any since the prehistoric ... More


Work and Time

Jane Aaron

in A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128908
eISBN:
9780191671739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In a manner entirely in accord with the system of sex discrimination at work during her period, Mary Lamb received a very different education to that of her brothers. For his part, Charles did not ... More


A Modern Electra

Jane Aaron

in A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128908
eISBN:
9780191671739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In order to understand as far as possible the darkness at the heart of Mary Lamb's life and that of her brother Charles, the least communicative hint or sign which evades their mutual silence on this ... More


‘We are in a manner marked’

Jane Aaron

in A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128908
eISBN:
9780191671739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128908.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter explores the implications of Mary Lamb's act of matricide, and examines the part madness played in the Lambs' lives. During the first years of the nineteenth century, significant changes ... More


“Our Debt to Lamb”: The Romantic Essay and the Emergence of Tact

David Russell

in Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196923
eISBN:
9781400887903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196923.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers Charles Lamb's deviation from eighteenth-century social and literary conventions. It reads together Lamb's tactful persona of Elia with his fellow essayists and contemporaneous ... More


Competition and Collaboration in Periodical Culture

Lucy Newlyn

in Reading, Writing, and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187110
eISBN:
9780191674631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187110.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter deals with the dialogues and crossings which took place between creativity and criticism in the early 19th century. The chapter explores the implications for the power relations between ... More


What’s in a Name?: Kindness to Strangers in Charles Lamb’s Album Poetry and Poetics

Samantha Matthews

in Album Verses and Romantic Literary Culture: Poetry, Manuscript, Print, 1780-1850

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198857945
eISBN:
9780191890512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857945.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Charles Lamb treated album verses as occasions for rethinking and recuperating human relationships in an alienating modern culture. Lamb uses the unpromising occasion of writing a poem for a stranger ... More


Lamb's Low-Urban Taste

Denise Gigante

in Taste: A Literary History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106527
eISBN:
9780300133059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106527.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses Charles Lamb and his urban, early nineteenth-century genre of gastronomical writing in which he poses as an expert in the “art of eating,” leading public opinion in matters of ... More


Critical Jonson

Tom Lockwood

in Ben Jonson in the Romantic Age

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199280780
eISBN:
9780191712890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280780.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter explores the way in which anthologies, biographies, and critical accounts of Jonson and his work, set in the context of contemporary developments in the theory and practice of literary ... More


Charles Lamb, Elia, and Essays in Familiarity

Felicity James

in On Essays: Montaigne to the Present

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198707868
eISBN:
9780191779008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198707868.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Charles Lamb helped develop the familiar essay genre through his Essays of Elia (1823) and Last Essays (1833). Highly popular through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he faded from view ... More


Charles Lamb … Seriously

Matthew Bevis

in Thinking Through Style: Non-Fiction Prose of the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198737827
eISBN:
9780191801273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198737827.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

One of the perplexing pleasures of reading Lamb is related to the difficulty of trying to get a read on him, to know what his jokes and ironies are meant to be countenancing or disavowing. This ... More


Shakespeare for Children

Amy Scott-Douglass

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635238
eISBN:
9780748652297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter explores the philosophies of children's Shakespeare, and theories and practices of adaptation over the last two centuries. It describes several adaptations by the major figures of ... More


Wedded to Books: Nineteenth-Century Bookmen at Home

Deidre Shauna Lynch

in Loving Literature: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226183701
eISBN:
9780226183848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226183848.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter reconstructs the early-nineteenth-century episode in the history of book-selling dubbed “the bibliomania”--the frenzied pursuit by affluent collectors of rare books from the dawn of ... More


Cruel Mockeries

Richard Cronin

in Paper Pellets: British Literary Culture after Waterloo

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199582532
eISBN:
9780191722929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582532.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The chapter identifies as characteristic of the writing of the period a taste for the superficial that can at times express itself in a kind of heartlessness. It is a product, the chapter argues, of ... More


The Anti-Jacobins

Marilyn Butler

in Jane Austen and the War of Ideas

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129684
eISBN:
9780191671838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129684.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The leading spirits behind The Anti-Jacobin of 1797–1798 were George Canning, William Gifford, and Hookham Frere, intelligent men who liked at least to claim that their targets were ideas rather than ... More


Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

David Russell

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196923
eISBN:
9781400887903
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196923.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The social practice of tact was an invention of the nineteenth century, a period when Britain was witnessing unprecedented urbanization, industrialization, and population growth. In an era when more ... More


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