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Breach of Promise in the High Victorian Period (1850–1900): The Inconsistency Unveiled, Pinchbeck Angels, and the Dominance of Satire

Saskia Lettmaier

in Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199569977
eISBN:
9780191722066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569977.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter considers the high Victorian abandonment of the previously employed strategies of containment and the attendant exposure of the structural inconsistency. It demonstrates that as the ... More


Breach of Promise in the Post-Victorian Period (1900–40): A Changing Ideal, the Action’s Decline, and the Symbolism of Breach of Promise

Saskia Lettmaier

in Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199569977
eISBN:
9780191722066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569977.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter explores the post-Victorian period, beginning after 1900. It reveals that, as the feminine ideal veered away from the nineteenth-century definition of true womanhood towards the ... More


Conclusion

Roderick Floud

in The People and the British Economy, 1830–1914

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192892102
eISBN:
9780191670602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192892102.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

This concluding chapter argues that the myth of the golden Victorian and Edwardian years can be misleading, even dangerously so, if it is allied to a denigration of the British economy and society in ... More


Conclusion

DAVID WRIGHT

in Mental Disability in Victorian England: The Earlswood Asylum 1847-1901

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199246397
eISBN:
9780191715235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246397.003.012
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This book has demonstrated that idiots represented an important constituency for Poor Law Overseers in England during the Victorian period. After 1834, local Poor Law and lunacy officials colluded in ... More


Transcultural Identification: The Anthropological Dilemma in Heart of Darkness and Victorian Anthropology

John W. Griffith

in Joseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma: ‘Bewildered Traveller’

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183006
eISBN:
9780191673931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183006.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, European Literature

This chapter contextualizes Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in relation to both Victorian and contemporary anthropology and travel writing. Critics have argued that Conrad understood little of the Congo ... More


Revisiting the Olden Time: Popular Tudorism in the Time of Victoria

PETER MANDLER

in Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264942
eISBN:
9780191754111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter revisits, in light of subsequent scholarship, some arguments about popular Victorian appropriations of Tudor history that were made by the author about a decade ago. It investigates the ... More


The Literary Career of Empathy

Suzanne Keen

in Empathy and the Novel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175769
eISBN:
9780199851232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175769.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the history of the use of empathy in novels. It suggests that the reinvention of the novel as a form during the Victorian period might have done something positive in the world ... More


The Educable Idiot

DAVID WRIGHT

in Mental Disability in Victorian England: The Earlswood Asylum 1847-1901

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199246397
eISBN:
9780191715235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246397.003.009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

During the Victorian period, England witnessed a dramatic change in the education of mentally disabled children. Before the early 19th century, idiots were thought to be uneducable. Indeed, the very ... More


The Revival and Decline of the Good Christian Death

Pat Jalland

in Death in the Victorian Family

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201885
eISBN:
9780191675058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201885.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter begins with four case-studies of death which most closely approximated the Evangelical ideal of a good Christian death. These case-studies are from the early and middle Victorian ... More


Testing

Maurice S. Lee

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691192925
eISBN:
9780691194219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691192925.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter sets aside questions of textual excess to discuss mass assessments and the production of literary knowledge or literary information. As the rise of liberal meritocracy in the Victorian ... More


Introduction

DAVID WRIGHT

in Mental Disability in Victorian England: The Earlswood Asylum 1847-1901

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199246397
eISBN:
9780191715235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246397.003.001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This book contributes to the growing scholarly interest in mental disability and its history by investigating the emergence of idiot asylums in England during the Victorian period. By focusing on the ... More


Introductory Heroes and Hero-Worship: Inventors and Writers from 1818 to 1900

Clare Pettitt

in Patent Inventions - Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199253203
eISBN:
9780191719172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253203.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In the 19th century, as now, intellectual property was a curious and slippery kind of property. Intellectual property was difficult to lay claim to, or to ‘own’, and sustaining any kind of ... More


Unspeakable Vices: Moral Monstrosity and Representation

Mighall Robert

in A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199262182
eISBN:
9780191698835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter offers an alternative to the psychological/ontological and ideological readings of the literature of Gothic fiction in England during the late Victorian period. It argues that though ... More


The Discourse of Philosophy

Rick Rylance

in Victorian Psychology and British Culture 1850–1880

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122838
eISBN:
9780191671555
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122838.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

If there is a dominant source for the majority of what passed for psychology in the Victorian period, it is to be found in the philosophy of mind. The conceptual heritage derived from philosophical ... More


Introduction

Kate Flint

in The Woman Reader 1837–1914

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121855
eISBN:
9780191671357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121855.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This introductory chapter begins with five images which depict women readers absorbed in texts, apparently oblivious to artist and observer. ... More


‘A Solitude beyond the Reach of God or Man’: Victorian Agnostics and Death

Pat Jalland

in Death in the Victorian Family

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201885
eISBN:
9780191675058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201885.003.0018
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The decline of Evangelicalism, the emergence of biblical criticisms, and the introduction of science in the latter part of the Victorian period created some agnostics views of death. This chapter ... More


Haunted Houses I and II

Mighall Robert

in A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199262182
eISBN:
9780191698835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines changes and diversification in Gothic fiction in England during the mid-Victorian period. It describes how a number of works enabled the Gothic legacy to be brought up to date ... More


Making A Case: Vampirism, Sexuality, and Interpretation

Mighall Robert

in A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199262182
eISBN:
9780191698835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the convergences and divergences of fictional and medico-legal discourse in Gothic fiction in England during the late Victorian period by focusing on the figure of the vampire. ... More


Conclusion

Kate Flint

in The Woman Reader 1837–1914

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121855
eISBN:
9780191671357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121855.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Reading, in the Victorian and Edwardian period, as now, was an activity through which women could become aware of the simultaneity of the ... More


Blue Solitudes: The Mediterranean and the Shaping of Victorian Britain, 1830–60

Robert Holland

in The Warm South: How the Mediterranean Shaped the British Imagination

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300235920
eISBN:
9780300240870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300235920.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter details British engagement with the Mediterranean from 1830 to 1860. Any discussion of Victorian cultural life is hindered by a stereotype: that it was an age of intimidating confidence ... More


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