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'The Significant Hamlin Garland' collects the best of Donald Pizer's essays dealing with Garland's early work and activities in an effort to re-establish the importance of this formative stage in his career. The essays in the first part of the book are devoted to Garland's radical economic and artistic beliefs and activities, while those in the second half concentrate on his most permanent work of the period: 'Main-Travelled Roads', his novel 'Rose of Dutcher's Coolly', and his autobiography 'A Son of the Middle Border'.
This important work in Ruskin studies provides for the first time an authoritative study of Ruskin's Guild of St George. It introduces new material that is important in its own right as a significant piece of social history, and as a means to re-examine Ruskin's Guild idea of self-sufficient, co-operative agrarian communities founded on principles of artisanal (non-mechanised) labour, creativity and environmental sustainability. The remarkable story of William Graham and other Companions lost to Guild history provides a means to fundamentally transform our understanding of Ruskin's utopianism.
'The Collected Works of Ann Hawkshaw' brings together Hawkshaw's four volumes of poetry and republishes them for the first time. Debbie Bark's biography, introduction and notes highlight Hawkshaw's most significant poems and propose connections with more canonical works alongside which her writing can be productively viewed. Hawkshaw's writings have been largely neglected since the early twentieth century, but this new volume reaffirms their ability to offer an exceptional insight into the changing political and religious landscape of the Victorian period.
'Darwin, Tennyson and Their Readers: Explorations in Victorian Literature and Science' is an edited collection of essays from leading authorities in the field of Victorian literature and science, including Gillian Beer and George Levine. Darwin, Tennyson, Huxley, Ruskin, Richard Owen, Meredith, Wilde and other major writers are discussed, as established scholars in this area explore the interaction between Victorian literary and scientific figures which helped build the intellectual climate of twenty-first century debates.
William Morris and the Uses of Violence, 18561890 combines a close reading of Morriss work with historical and philosophical analysis in order to argue, contrary to prevailing critical opinion, that his writings demonstrate an enduring commitment to an ideal of violent battle. The work examines Morriss representations of violence in relation to the wider cultural preoccupations and political movements with which they intersect, including medievalism, Teutonism, and the visionary, fractured socialism of the fin de siècle.
'Jane Austen's Families' focuses on family dynamics in Jane Austen's six novels. After a general introduction, which places its approach in the context of ethical criticism, it divides into two sections. The first, 'Family Dynamics' consists of three chapters; 'The Function of the Dysfunctional Family', 'Spoilt Children' and 'Usefulness and Exertion'. The three chapters of section two, 'Fathers and Daughters' look at father and daughter relationships in 'Mansfield Park', 'Emma' and 'Persuasion'.
The Oxford Movement, initiating what is commonly called the Catholic Revival of the Church of England and of global Anglicanism more generally, has been a perennial subject of study by historians since its beginning in the 1830s. But the leader of the movement whose name was most associated with it during the nineteenth century, Edward Bouverie Pusey, has long been neglected by historical studies of the Anglican Catholic Revival. This collection of essays seeks to redress the negative and marginalizing historiography of Pusey, and to increase current understanding of both Pusey and his culture. The essays take Pusey’s contributions to the Oxford Movement and its theological thinking seriously; most significantly, they endeavour to understand Pusey on his own terms, rather than by comparison with Newman or Keble. The volume reveals Pusey as a serious theologian who had a significant impact on the Victorian period, both within the Oxford Movement and in wider areas of church politics and theology. This reassessment is important not merely to rehabilitate Pusey’s reputation, but also to help our current understanding of the Oxford Movement, Anglicanism and British Christianity in the nineteenth century.
‘Empire and the Animal Body: Violence, Identity and Ecology in Victorian Adventure Fiction’ develops recent work in animal studies, eco-criticism and postcolonial studies to reassess the significance of exotic animals in Victorian adventure literature. Depictions of violence against animals were integral to the ideology of adventure literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. However, the evolutionary hierarchies on which such texts relied were complicated by developing environmental sensitivities and reimaginings of human selfhood in relation to animal others. As these texts hankered after increasingly imperilled areas of wilderness, the border between human and animal appeared tense, ambivalent and problematic.
Dickens and the Sentimental Tradition is a timely study of the sentimental in Dickenss novels, which places them in the context of the tradition of Fielding, Richardson, Sterne, Goldsmith, Sheridan and Lamb. This study re-evaluates Dickenss presentation of emotion first within the eighteenth-century tradition and then within the dissimilar nineteenth-century tradition as part of a complex literary heritage that enables him to critique nineteenth-century society. The book sheds light on the construction of feelings and of the good heart, ideas which resonate with current critical debates about literary affect. Sentimentalism, as the text demonstrates, is crucial to understanding fully the achievement of Dickens and his contemporaries.
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