Academic journal article Nineteenth-Century Prose
From the Editor
The present Special Issue on "Platform Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain" by Guest Editor and Editorial Board member Martin Hewitt, is a companion volume to the Fall 2000 (27/2) issue of Nineteenth-Century Prose, which was a Special Issue on "Rhetoric." In the previous volume, William Wright describes a shift in the critical attention that has been brought to bear on rhetorical theory and practice in the nineteenth century that "might best be described as the shift from a philosophical focus on overarching theory and first principles to an anthropological focus on local knowledge and ethnographic methodology." In Wright's issue, the emphasis is primarily American, but of the three articles on British authors, Matthew Bevis' "Ruskin, Bright, and the Politics of Eloquence" (pp. 177-90) specifically addresses issues that are central to the present volume, so that readers may wish to refer back to that previous issue in the course of examining the articles that follow below. Since Martin Hewitt has written a detailed and precise Introduction to the time collection of articles that he has gathered for this issue, no further introduction is required.
The present issue also contains a rich variety of reviews, from books on individual authors such as Emerson, Thoreau, Dickens, Mill, Newman, Ruskin, and Nietzsche, to broader topics such as Victorian art, photogrophy, and museums as well as women's issues in nineteenth-century France, and Anglo-American relations in geology during the nineteenth century. …