Victorian Prose An Anthology

ISBN-10: 0231110278

ISBN-13: 9780231110273

Edition: 1999

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Description: 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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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 8/27/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

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.

Chronological Table of Contents
Thematic Table of Contents
A Note on the Texts
from The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave (1831)
"Slavery in Yorkshire" (1830)
from The Wrongs of Woman (1843-4)
from Sartor Resartus (1833-4)
from Past and Present (1843)
from The Women of England (1839)
from review of Southey's Colloquies (1830)
from Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1864)
Letters (1845)
from Eastern Life, Present and Past (1848)
from Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844)
from The Moral and Physical Condition of the Working Classes Employed in the Cotton Manufacture in Manchester (1832)
from "Conservative and Liberal Principles," speech at the Crystal Palace (1872)
from The Subjection of Women (1869)
from Autobiography (1873)
from A Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cranworth's Marriage and Divorce Bill (1855)
from "Why Are Women Redundant?" (1862)
from On the Origin of Species (1859)
from review of Vanity Fair, Jane Eyre, and the 1847 Report of the Governesses' Benevolent Institution (1848)
from "England's Mission" (1878)
from Labour and the Poor, letter to the Morning Chronicle (1849)
from Self-Help (1859)
from Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa (1857)
from "The Chemistry of a Candle" (1850)
from Prostitution (1857, 1870)
Letters to George Henry Lewes (1847-50)
from review of Shirley (1850)
from Comte's Philosophy of the Sciences (1853)
from "Traffic," lecture (1864); in The Crown of Wild Olive (1866)
from "Of Queens' Gardens," lecture (1864); in Sesame and Lilies (1865)
from journal entry on the Great Exhibition (1851)
Letters to her daughter, the Princess Royal (1858, 1872)
from "The Massacre of the Innocents!" (1859)
Speech at the Mansion House (1850); in Prince Albert's Speeches (1857)
from "Punch's Own Report of the Opening of the Great Exhibition" (1851)
from "Silly Novels by Lady Novelists" (1856)
from "Progress: Its Law and Cause" (1857)
from "Cassandra," Suggestions for Thought (1860)
from "A Day Amongst the Fans" (1863)
Letters from Egypt and the Cape (1864, 1865)
from "Woman as a Citizen of the State," The Duties of Women (1881)
from Life of Frances Power Cobbe (1894)
from Culture and Anarchy (1869, 1875)
from "Literature and Science," Discourses in America (1885)
from "Science and Culture," address (1880); in Science and Culture, and Other Essays (1881)
from "Agnosticism and Christianity" (1889)
from A Woman's Thoughts About Women (1857, 1858)
Reasons for the Enfranchisement of Women (1866)
from The Autobiography of Mrs M. O. W. Oliphant (1899)
from "How We Live and How We Might Live" (1888)
from Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873)
from Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments (1907)
"An Appeal Against Female Suffrage" (1889)
from "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" (1891)
from Travels in West Africa (1897)
from "The Decadent Movement in Literature" (1893)
Selected Bibliography
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