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Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature
 
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Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Edited by Dinah Birch and Mark Llewellyn
 
 
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28 May 2010
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How should we understand Victorian cultural conflict? The Victorians were fiercely disputatious, divided between multiple views of the political, religious and social issues that motivated their changing aspirations. Such debates are a fundamental aspect of the literary culture of the period, and the essays in this collection propose new ways of understanding their significance. Ranging from detailed readings of key literary figures (Browning, Collins, Dickens, Eliot) to explorations of cross-period themes (the philosophical roots of conflict; dreams and psychology; consumption; imperialism and race) or specific literary movements or moments (Chartism; journalism; writing of the Afghan War; New Woman novels), they address diverse areas of intellectual inquiry about what mattered most to the Victorians.  These essays speak collectively in arguing for a reinterpretation of literary and cultural conflict through a greater critical awareness of the productive analyses available within such debates over difference in the period. The aim is not to resolve conflicted cultural moments or movements, but to explore the slippages and instabilities which so fascinated, intrigued and inspired the Victorians themselves.


Description

How should we understand Victorian cultural conflict? The Victorians were fiercely disputatious, divided between multiple views of the political, religious and social issues that motivated their changing aspirations. Such debates are a fundamental aspect of the literary culture of the period, and the essays in this collection propose new ways of understanding their significance. Ranging from detailed readings of key literary figures (Browning, Collins, Dickens, Eliot) to explorations of cross-period themes (the philosophical roots of conflict; dreams and psychology; consumption; imperialism and race) or specific literary movements or moments (Chartism; journalism; writing of the Afghan War; New Woman novels), they address diverse areas of intellectual inquiry about what mattered most to the Victorians.  These essays speak collectively in arguing for a reinterpretation of literary and cultural conflict through a greater critical awareness of the productive analyses available within such debates over difference in the period. The aim is not to resolve conflicted cultural moments or movements, but to explore the slippages and instabilities which so fascinated, intrigued and inspired the Victorians themselves.


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'The volume's strength lies in its breadth, which is reflected in the wealth of critical approaches.' - Andrew Cusack, Trinity College Dublin, The European Legacy


Contents


List of Illustrations
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction; D.Birch & M.Llewellyn
Argument as Conflict – Then and Now; H.Small
Ever a Fighter: Browning's Struggle with Conflict; H.F.Tucker
Conflict and Imperial Communication: Narrating the First Afghan War; M.O'Cinneide
Off-White Indians; K.Flint
The Interpretation of Daydreams: Reverie as Site of Conflict in Early Victorian Psychiatry; N.Ford
'If I am not grotesque I am nothing': Aubrey Beardsley and Disabled Identities in Conflict; A.Tankard
Negotiating the Gentle-Man: Male Nursing and Class Conflict in the 'High' Victorian Period; H.Furneaux
'Resolved in defiance of fool and of knave'?: Chartism, Children and Conflict; M.Chase
Conversing with Monstrosities: evolutionary theory and the contemporary response to Wilkie Collins; J.M.Allan
Dickens and the Heritage Industry: or, Culture and the Commodity; J.John
The King and Who? Dance, Difference, and Identity in Anna Leonowens and The King and I; S.A.Weltman
'The Utmost Intricacies of the Soul's Pathways': The Significance of Syntax in George Eliot's Felix Holt, The Radical (1866); M.Raines
Culture Wars? Arnold's Essays in Criticism and the Rise of Journalism 1864-1895; L.Brake
Shrieking Sisters and Bawling Brothers: Sibling Rivalry in Sarah Grand and Mary Cholmondeley; G.Ofek
After Eternal Punishment: 'Fin de Siècle' as Literary Eschatology; M.Bradley
Selected Bibliography
Index






Authors

DINAH BIRCH is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, UK.  Her most recent works include Our Victorian Education (Blackwell, 2008) and the general editorship of the new Oxford Companion to English Literature (OUP, 2009)
 
MARK LLEWELLYN is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool, UK.  His research interests are located in the late-Victorian and contemporary periods.