Victorian Literature: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies)

Victorian Literature: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies)

Language: English

Pages: 980

ISBN: 2:00324614

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Victorian Literature is a comprehensive and fully annotated anthology with a flexible design that allows teachers and students to pursue traditional or innovative lines of inquiry – from the canon to its extensions and its contexts.  

• Represents the period’s major writers of prose, poetry, drama, and more, including Tennyson, Arnold, the Brownings, Carlyle, Ruskin, the Rossettis, Wilde, Eliot, and the Brontës
• Promotes an ideologically and culturally varied view of Victorian society with the inclusion of women, working-class, colonial, and gay and lesbian writers
• Incorporates recent scholarship with 5 contextual sections and innovative sub-sections on topics like environmentalism and animal rights; mass literacy and mass media; sex and sexuality;  melodrama and comedy; the Irish question; ruling India and the Indian Mutiny and innovations in print culture
• Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the field with a focus on social, cultural, artistic, and historical factors
• Includes a fully annotated companion website for teachers and students offering expanded context sections, additional readings from key writers, appendices, and an extensive bibliography

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