Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

“Tell me a story, dear, that is not true”: Love, Historicity, and Transience in A. Mary F. Robinson’s An Italian Garden

Through a poetic voice compelled to recognize that individual desire is often not reciprocated and that love entails great risk that is itself ennobling, Robinson explores the nature of love that is selfless in that one gives oneself to another, yet selfish in that one comes to need a totality of love not possible in a finite context. Paradoxically, then, love evokes both pleasure and pain.

Victorian Values

‘ “Victorian” is an academic epithet with which I feel profoundly uneasy for a number of reasons’, Kate Flint remarked in 2005, arguing that it has led to an unwholesome ‘period fetishism’, together with a limited view of transnational cultures, and an unreflective inclination to pack too many disparate intellectual and social movements into one simple grouping.

Legacies of the Victorian Age: The Nation’s Favo(u)rite Poems

Over the next couple of pages I will briefly indicate four areas or modes of research which in my opinion are offering, and will continue to offer, rich and worthwhile opportunities for scholars who work in my area of the larger field, Victorian literary studies – ‘literary’ in this essay encompassing anything to do with writing.

After marriage: The literature and culture of divorce in England, 1515-1650

The following pages will argue that in the latter sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the idea of divorce, of marriage’s breakdown and dissolution, was as important a concept as that of the marital union itself.

'Queen Lilies'? The Interpenetration of Scientific, Religious and Gender Discourses in Victorian Representations of Plants

To establish the continuity of the ideas involved, the first half of this article outlines modes of thinking that Victorian women inherited from Linnean botany, and from Romantic responses to it, across a broad range of social practices: in systematics, field study, flower painting and illustration, and popular botanical writing.

Anne Askew and Margaret Fell: Religious Women in Prison And Technologies of the Self

Both Anne Askew (1521-1546) and Margaret Fell (1614-1702) were imprisoned and wrote significant writings in jail. In prison Askew wrote The First Examination (1546) and The Latter Examination (1547); Fell wrote Women’s Speaking Justified, Proved and Allowed by the Scriptures (1666). The two Protestants’ imprisonment indicates not only their struggle for freedom of their Protestant belief but also the government’s arbitrary exercise of institutional power over non-conforming women.

Melancholy and the Idle Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century

The thesis considers Johnson‘s preoccupation with idleness as a symptom of his melancholy, a notion that has received little critical attention. Shenstone‘s experience is used to illustrate the depressing effect that a retired lifestyle could have on the individual.

Political Verse in Late Georgian Britain: Poems Referring to William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806)

Though Pitt was remarkable for the length of his tenure of office and for his youth when first appointed – he became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four and only Sir Robert Walpole held office for a longer period – it is not our intention to suggest that he was in any way a unique phenomenon in the history of political versifying.

Emasculated subjects and subjugated wives: discourses of domination in John Banks’s Vertue Betray’d (1682)

Between 1681 and 1704, John Banks prepared for the stage four tragedies dealing with British history; three of them were centered on the meteoric rise and fall of doomed queens: Anne Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots and Lady Jane Gray.

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