Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring

Daniel Hack Tuke Walking a Tight-Rope
Abstract In his Illustrations of the Influence of the Mind Upon the Body in Health and Disease (1872) the eminent British neurologist and psychiatrist Daniel Hack Tuke collects a large number of puzzling cases that defy medical understanding. Although...
Idioms of Identity: William Hazlitt, Language, and Culture
Abstract While it is scattered throughout a voluminous body of journalistic prose treating art, literature, drama, politics, philosophy, and manners, William Hazlitt's conception of what we now call culture is still recognizable, grounded as it...
Lyman Beecher's Nativist History
Abstract In his most important political tract, the nativist polemic A Plea for the West, Lyman Beecher assumes a version of history typical among antebellum intellectuals. For Beecher, only divine intervention can save the chosen nation from the...
Matthew Arnold, Our Contemporary
Ian Hamilton, A Gift Imprisoned: The Poetic Life of Matthew Arnold (Basic Books, 1999), 250 pp., $24.00 cloth; Clinton Machann, Matthew Arnold: A Literary Life (St. Martin's Press, 1998), 224 pp., $35.00 cloth; Nicholas Murray, A Life of Matthew Arnold...
"Poor Percy Bishe!!" Charles Lamb's "A Dissertation on Roast Pig" in Context
Abstract Lamb's "Dissertation on Roast Pig" is an anti-vegetarian satire targeting EB. Shelley's "Vindication of Natural Diet." The disclosure in 1821 of Shelley's authorship of the "Vindication," the appearance in July 1822 of a burlesque by Peacock...
The Nibbling of a Mouse: Eliot's Saccharissa Letters in the Context of Bodichon's Call for Political Engagement
Abstract George Eliot's Saccharissa Letters, entitled "Futile Falsehoods" and "Modern Housekeeping," are her only works written with a distinctively female persona. Previously read as an approving comment on mediocre writing by women, these letters...

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