Victorian Prose: An Anthology

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Rosemary J. Mundhenk, LuAnn McCracken Fletcher
Columbia University Press, 1999 - 469 страници

This engaging, informative collection of Victorian nonfiction prose juxtaposes classic texts and canonical writers with more obscure writings and authors in order to illuminate important debates in nineteenth-century Britain -- inviting modern readers to see the age anew. The collection represents the voices of a broad scope of women and men on a range of nineteenth-century cultural issues and in various forms -- from periodical essays to travel accounts, letters to lectures, and autobiographies to social surveys.

With its fifty-six substantial selections, Victorian Prose reaches beyond the work of Carlyle, Newman, Mill, Arnold, and Ruskin to uncover an array of lesser-known voices of the era. Women writers are given full attention -- writings by Mary Prince, Dinah M. Craik, Florence Nightingale, Frances P. Cobbe, and Lucie Duff Gordon are among the entries.

Excerpts cover such topics of the age as British imperialism, the crisis of religious faith, and debates about gender. On the issue of colonial expansion, opinions range from Benjamin Disraeli's celebration of empire-building as evidence of Britain's glory to David Livingstone's promotion of commerce with Africa as a way to retard the slave trade and make it unprofitable. Views on "the woman question" extend from John Stuart Mill's defense of women's rights to Mrs. Humphry Ward's opposition to women's franchise and Sarah Ellis's support for the domestic ideal.

This invaluable resource features:

?attention to important noncanonical writers -- including a generous selection of women writers;

?a wide range of written forms, including periodical essays, travel accounts, letters, lectures, autobiographies, and social surveys;

?both chronological and thematic tables of contents -- the latter encompassing subject areas such as England at home and abroad, the new sciences, religion, and the status of women;

?selections drawn from the original nineteenth-century editions; and

?annotations to each text that aid nonspecialists in understanding unfamiliar names, terms, and cultural debates.

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THEMATIC TAELE 0E CONTENTS 5743
3
Edmund Gosse Father and Son 409
4
Thomas B Macaulay review of Southeys Colloquies January 59
9
RICHARD OASTLER 17891 86
10
ENGLAND AT HOME
19
from Past and Present 1 843
28
Benjamin Disraeli Conservative and Liberal Principles 115
53
SARAH STICKNEY ELLIS 1799A 872
57
John Ruskin Traffic The Crown quild Olive
247
Punch Punchs Own Report of the Opening of the Great Exhibition May 283
267
from Traffic lecture 1 864 in The Crown of Wild Olive 1 866
269
1872
271
Speech at the Mansion House I850 in Prince Alberts Speeches I 8 57
279
George Eliot Silly Novels by Lady Novelists October
287
HERBERT SPENCER I 8 2 01903
295
Florence Nightingale Cassandra Suggestions for Thought
305

from The Massacre of the Innocents I8 59 2
59
from review of Southeys Colloquies I 8 30
73
1845
78
Letters 1 845
87
Charlotte Bronte letters to George Henry Lewes January 2 3 I
93
ROBERT CHAMBERS 18027
102
BENJAMIN DISRAELI 1804 81
115
John Stuart Mill The Subjection jWomen
121
Edmund Gosse Father and Son 4 09
136
Florence Nightingale Cassandra 305
143
from The Subjection ofWomen 1 869
144
PRINCE ALBERT I 8 19361
145
from A Letter to the Qieen on Lord Chancellor Cranworths
162
William Acton Prostitution 221
165
Elizabeth Rigby review of Vanity Fair jane Eyre and the I 84 7 Report of
175
from On the Origin ofSpecies 1 859
178
Henry Mayhew Labour and the Poor
189
HENRY MAYHEW1 s I 287
199
Percival Leigh The Chemistry of a Candle August
215
from Missionary Travels and Researches in South Afiica 1 8
216
George Henry Lewes review of Shirley January
235
from Prostitution 1857 1870
236
George Henry Lewes Comtes Philosophy of the Sciences
241
ENGLAND ABROAD
313
RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON 1 82190
314
1864
319
1878
325
MATTHEW ARNOLD 182 288
337
1866
338
Matthew Arnold Literature and Science Discourses in America
349
THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY 18 2595
360
Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon Reasons for the Enfranchisement Women
377
BARBARA LEIGH SMITH BODICHON I 82791
380
Charlotte Bronte letters to George Henry Lewes 229
385
Margaret Oliphant Autobiography 3 8 5
388
1888
391
WILLIAM MORRIS I s 3496
394
1889
401
from Father and SomA Study 3f Two Emperamems I907
409
849
412
189
423
MARY KINGSLEY I 8621900
440
ArthurVV Symons The Decadent Movement in Literature November
449
Selected Bibliography
455
1850
458
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Rosemary J. Mundhenk is professor of English at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

LuAnn McCracken Fletcher is assistant professor of English at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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