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Published: 15 April 2004

648 Pages | 15 halftones & line illus.

ISBN: 9780199269204

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The Oxford English Literary History

Volume 8: 1830-1880: The Victorians

Philip Davis

Oxford English Literary History

  • Launching the 21st-century successor to the Oxford History of English Literature, this and its companion volume inaugurate a new era in literary history, with an emphasis not just on canonical texts and authors but on the contexts in which literature was written, and its relationship to its period.
  • The General Editor is Jonathan Bate, King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and a major scholar of both the Renaissance and the Romantic periods.
  • This volume is fresh and broadranging assessment of fifty years in which literature flourished and science, thought, and belief were revolutionized.
  • Davis shows Victorian writers engaged with serious enquiry - into society and the individual, morality and the market, democracy, and the existence of God and the purpose of human life.
  • Covers all main genres, and writers as diverse as Tennyson and Wilkie Collins, Darwin and Newman, the Brontës and J. S. Mill, George Eliot and Hopkins, and many less canonical figures.
  • A major contribution to our understanding of the period's significance in the culminating crisis of the Western conscience.