Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring

Aesthetic and Rhetoric in Swinburne's Aesthetic Criticism
By reading rhetorically the poetics of Swinburne's 1868 review essay, "Notes on Designs of the Old Masters at Florence," the ambiguous status of the aesthetic in Swinburne's criticism becomes apparent. On the one hand, Swinburne posits a sublime aesthetic...
"A Noble Type of Good Heroic Womanhood": The Popular Rhetoric of Florence Nightingale's Enshrinement
As a national figure, Florence Nightingale underwent an extended process of canonization through Victorian rhetoric because she did not comply with gender'ed expectations about women and women's work. In order to render her anomalous ideas and powerful...
Authorial Angels: Writing and Masculinity in Thackeray's the English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century
Thackeray's ideal of authorship, presented in his lecture series The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century, rejects the fierce masculinity of Carlyle's "Great Man" in favor of "feminine" tenderness. Emphasizing affectionate relationships between...
Body Fluid Desire: My Secret Life
While feminist theory and applied criticism has usefully isolated certain qualities of Victorian and post-Victorian masculinity that the now widely-used term "phallic" accurately captures, other manifestations of male behavior and belief have gone...
Building the Vanished City: Conservationism in Turn-of-the-Century London
Demolitions in late-nineteenth-century London were interpreted by topographers and antiquarians, and these interpretations found expression in the works of the municipal government. The demolition and rebuilding of the city over the eighteenth and...
Introduction: The Production of Victorian Culture and Victorian Cultural Studies
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" "Andrea del Sarto" "Introduction"-writing can be a strange and strained endeavor. At their most mechanical and useless, introductions simply announce the topic of the collection...
Mourning and Merchandising: Wellington's London Funeral and the Case of the Illustrated London News
The Duke of Wellington's state funeral in November 1852 is a cultural moment worth revisiting, not only as an unparalleled funerary spectacle that was read by the Victorians themselves as an unforgettable moment of heroic commemoration, but also as...