Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, Fall

Culture and Democracy
There is a quotation attributed to Joseph Goebbels that has haunted me: "When I hear the world 'culture' I reach for my revolver." The attribution may be erroneous, but it is appropriate. Certainly Thomas Mann and the members of the Frankfurt School...
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Did Arnold Believe in God?
I want to start by submitting that I do not come before you as a scholar or as an academic. I have no degrees in English, and I have never taught the humanities. I am by training a concert pianist, and to some extent a political scientist, with my...
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Incarnate Incoherence: Arnold, Victorian Tragedy, and the 1853 Preface
It is a truism in Victorian studies that the career of Matthew Arnold conforms to the Victorian crisis of choice--to the paradigm of the Victorian dilemma of split allegiances; indeed it is perhaps the paradigm's finest exemplum. Less so even than...
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The Manuscript of "Culture and Its Enemies"
Nowhere, I think, does Matthew Arnold comment more tellingly on the materialism of Victorian England than in the passage in his concluding lecture at Oxford in which he asks, "If England were swallowed up by the sea tomorrow, which, a hundred years...
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The Use of Arnold in a Darwinian World
Arnold believes that culture is progressing steadily toward a culminating realization of a universal set of aesthetic and ethical values. He thus maintains that "the world is in a course of development, of becoming, towards a perfection infinitely...
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