Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, Winter

Barbara T. Gates. Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories
Barbara T. Gates. Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1988. In Mad Crimes and Sad Histories, Barbara Gates proves that the subject of suicide was no less problematic for the Victorians than it remains in our...
Editor's Notes
This issue adds yet another new wrinkle to the crazyquilt tapestry of Nineteenth Century Prose. It is the first issue produced at our new home, Mesa State College. A new staff has joined me to produce these semi-annual numbers. They are enthusiastic...
Gladstone as Man of Letters
It is a supreme honor to have been asked to deliver a lecture in memory of Lord Bryce. He was a considerable historian and jurist, a notable ambassador and a great humanitarian. It is fitting that the subject should be Mr. Gladstone, who was Prime...
Ludmilla Jordanova, Sexual Visions: Images of Gender in Science and Medicine between the Eighteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Ludmilla Jordanova, Sexual Visions: Images of Gender in Science and Medicine between the Eighteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1989. This book is the culmination of almost a decade of work by one of...
Mark Cumming, A Disimprisoned Epic: Form and Vision in Carlyle's French Revolution
Mark Cumming, A Disimprisoned Epic: Form and Vision in Carlyle's French Revolution. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988. According to formalist critics the notion of genre determines an intrinsic mode of proceeding, as it cuts across...
Mary W. Schneider. Poetry in the Age of Democracy. the Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold
Mary W. Schneider. Poetry in the Age of Democracy. The Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold. Lawrence: UP of Kansas, 1989. In Mary Schneider's careful study of Arnold's ideas about the role of literary criticism in a democracy, she argues that Arnold...
Matthew Arnold. the Yale Manuscript: Matthew Arnold
Matthew Arnold. The Yale Manuscript: Matthew Arnold. Edited and with Commentary by S.O.A. Ullmann. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1989. The Library of Congress cataloging-in-publication data describes this book as "A collection of...
Patrick Brantlinger, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914
Patrick Brantlinger, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1988. At a time when new historicism is sometimes ahistoricism, when cultural materialism is often unrelated to literary analysis, what...
Richard L. Stein, Victoria's Year: English Literature and Culture, 1837-1838
Richard L. Stein, Victoria's Year: English Literature and Culture, 1837-1838. New York and Oxford: Oxford UP, 1987. F. Michael L. Thompson, The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard...
Robert Weisbuch, Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson
Robert Weisbuch, Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson. Chicago UP, 1987. In Atlantic Double-Cross Robert Weisbuch applies the theories of authorial interaction developed by Harold Bloom and W. J....
Tollemache's Talks with Mr. Gladstone
William Gladstone was by the 1890s a legend to most Englishmen, the "almost superhuman" embodiment of the highest middle-class ideals, preaching politics in the least common denominator to the masses. We now know of course that the myth and the man...