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Remaking Queen Victoria

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ISBN-10: 0521574854

ISBN-13: 9780521574853

Edition: 1997

Authors: Margaret Homans, Adrienne A. Munich, Gillian Beer

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Queen Victorias central importance to the era defined by her reign is self-evident, and yet it has been surprisingly overlooked in the study of Victorian culture. This collection of essays goes beyond the facts of biography and official history to explore the diverse, and sometimes conflicting, meanings she held for her subjects around the world and even for those outside her empire, who made of her a multifaceted icon serving their social and economic needs. In her paradoxical position as neither consort nor king, she baffled expectations throughout her reign. She was a model of wifely decorum and solid middle-class values, but she also became the focus of anxieties about powerful women, and - increasingly - of anger about Britains imperial aims. Each essay analyses a different aspect of this complex and fascinating figure. Contributors include noted scholars in the field of literature, cultural studies, art history, and womens studies.
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/2/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.Gillian Beer is King Edward VII professor emerita of English at the University of Cambridge, England.

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction
Nation-Making
Nation and nationality: Queen Victoria in the developing narrative of Englishness
Crossing the Atlantic with Victoria: American receptions, 1837-1901
Queen Victoria and Other Queens
Illustrious company: Victoria among other women in Anglo-American role model anthologies
Gloriana Victoriana: Victoria and the cultural memory of Elizabeth
'Be no more housewives, but queens': Queen Victoria and Ruskin's domestic mythology
How we lost the empire: retelling the stories of the Rani of Jansi and Queen
'I know what is due to me': self-fashioning and legitimization in Queen Liliuokalani's Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
Victoria's Career, Early and Late
Reading and writing Victoria: the conduct book and the legal constitution of female sovereignty
The wise child and her 'offspring': some changing faces of Queen
I never saw a man so frightened': the young queen and the Parliamentary bedchamber
The 'Widdy's' empire: Queen Victoria as widow in Kipling's soldier stories and in the Barrack-Room Ballads
Afterlife
Queen Victoria in the Funnyhouse: Adrienne Kennedy and the rituals of colonial possession
Bibliography
Index