By Francis O'Gorman
This quantity offers clean techniques to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830-1900. Opens up for the reader the cultural global within which the Victorian novel was once written and skim. Crosses conventional disciplinary barriers. presents clean views on how Victorian fiction pertains to assorted contexts, similar to classification, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislation and biology.
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Staring glaring obvious knock-down beauty, as plain as a poster on a wall, an advertisement of soap or whiskey . . fetches such a price in the market that the absence of it, for a woman with a girl to marry, inspires endless terrors and constitutes for the wretched pair – to speak of mother and daughter alone – a sort of social bankruptcy. London doesn’t love the latent or the lurking . . It wants cash over the counter and letters ten feet high. (James 1899: 25) If James, here, was writing about forms of the visible which set out to be eye-catching and public, the period also witnessed the popularity of many optical devices, from the kaleidoscope and zooscope to the magic lantern, which brought new visual technologies into the home – technologies which frequently sought to bring out the latent and the lurking.
Rider (1886; 1989) King Solomon’s Mines. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. —— (1887; 1991) She. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. Hall, Catherine (2002) Civilizing Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830–1867. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. —— (2000) Introduction: Thinking the postcolonial, thinking the empire. In C. ) Cultures of Empire: Colonizers in Britain and the Empire in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, pp. 1–33). New York: Routledge.
I came back to face it, as a man should’ (p. 427). Countless novels by Henty, John Buchan, R. M. Ballantyne, and others represent 15 Cannon Schmitt non-European parts of the world in these terms: as places of maturation or regeneration where boys can discover – or, in cases like Hartright’s, where incomplete or failed men can rediscover – their adult masculinity. Those novels also represent other parts of the world as sources of pleasure, portraying imperialism as if it were, again like a sport or a game, difficult but fun.