An analysis of the victorian literature 1832 1901

Popular representations of Florence Nightingale, "The Lady with the Lamp," reflect the paradox of her achievement. They were indeed very touchy about sex which they treated with a hush-hush incommodiousness. Moreover, debates about political representation involved in expansion both of the franchise and of the rights of women affected literary representation, as writers gave voice to those who had been voiceless.

No writer worthy of note seems to be unaware of the process of rapid democratisation of the political system. The third section of this Web site, " The Painterly Image in Victorian Poetry ," investigates the rich connection in the Victorian period between visual art and literature.

Sex and Domestic life: But more important than such direct influence was the An analysis of the victorian literature 1832 1901 and almost ubiquitous influence which the rapid development of physical science exerted on Victorian literature.

Similarly, factory workers described their working and living conditions, in reports to parliamentary commissions, in the encyclopedic set of interviews journalist Henry Mayhew later collected as London Labor and the London Poor, and in letters to the editor that workers themselves wrote.

As Joseph Chamberlain notes in The True Conception of Empirethe catastrophic loss of the American colonies had given rise to a certain disenchantment with empire-building. The serialised novels of Thackeray, Dickens and others are a peculiar product of their age. Victorian Era Notes and Summary by Norton: Not only did women writers play a major role in shaping the terms of the debate about the Woman Question, but also women from the working classes found opportunities to describe the conditions of their lives.

Nineteenth century optical devices, creating illusions of various sorts, were invented near the beginning of the century: The Victorian novel, with its emphasis on the realistic portrayal of social life, represented many Victorian issues in the stories of its characters.

Employers often preferred to hire women and children, who worked for even less then men. Illustrating this point Compton-Rickett observes: Tennyson, for instance, followed as a poet the scientific method of description which puts a premium on the accuracy of detail.

Humphrey Ward, and the intimate Wessex studies of Thomas Hardy. Even Queen Victoria herself represents a similar paradox. Victorian poetry and the Victorian novel both value visual description as a way of portraying their subjects.

In the realm of fiction, too, the invisible hand of science was definitely at work. It was a solemn age yet it produced more humorous writers than any other single period: Moreover, the rate of change the Victorians experienced, caused to a large degree by advances in manufacturing, created new opportunities and challenges for women.

Mayhew in his work London Poor paints a harrowing picture of the miserable life of the working classes of Victorian London. The rapid development of physical science in the Victorian age transformed the material environment of the people and both directly as well as indirectly made it self felt in the literature of the age.

British expansion was not allowed to progress unchallenged — the Empire went to war with the Ashanti, the Zulus, and the Boers, to name a few, and critics like J. Middle-class voices also challenged conventional ideas about women.

By the beginning of the Victorian period, the Industrial Revolution had created profound economic and social changes. In his early novels he indeed deals with intemperance in his usual light-hearted vein, but in later works he treats the subject with grim and didactic purposiveness.

Ireland was a sort of internal colony whose demands for home rule were alternately entertained and discounted. It did not kill poetry, but it stifled for a while the lyric impulse and overweighted verse with speculative thought.

The Victorian Era (1832-1901)

Especially dramatic are the contrasting accounts of C. His book prepared the ground for his work with Karl Marx on The Communist Manifestowhich asserts that revolution is the necessary response to the inequity of industrial capitalist society.

The last named wrote it seems in earnest: By contrast, colonies and protectorates with large indigenous populations like Sierra Leone, or with large transplanted populations of ex-slaves and non-European laborers like Trinidad, would not gain autonomy until the twentieth century.

The Victorian era was an age of rapid flux and baffling complexity. The texts, engravings, and paintings collected here provide insight into the connection between the verbal and the visual so central to Victorian aesthetics. At first this new machinery was operated by workers in their homes, but in the s the introduction of the steam engine to drive the machines led manufacturers to install them in large buildings called at first mills and later factories.

The common man comes and stays as the hero of most works of literature. About this aspect Compton-Rickett maintains:You will explore the literature of the Victorian era, a period at the same time culturally familiar and alien to 21 st century readers.

Victoria was on the throne from tothough we go back a little earlier to the Reform Act of. The Victorian Era is a time period that covers the last two thirds of the nineteenth century. Its poetry reflected anxieties over change, particularly the rise of democracy, advances in science, a wavering of religious faith, and England's role as a colonial power.

The Victorian Period. – Political and Social Events First Reform Bill extends vote to men who own property worth ten pounds or more in annual rent. Mexican army defeats Texans at the Alamo. Victoria becomes queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

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Home Romanticism The Victorian Era The Modern Era The Post-War present Frankenstein Alice in Wonderland Brave New World The Secret Life of Bees In troduction T he Victorian Era was one of the most changeable periods in the history of English life and letters.

The Victorian Era – Introduction Although Queen Victoria did not ascend to the throne untilit is common to refer to the Victorian era as beginning inthe year of both the First Reform Bill and the death of Sir Walter Scott, a.

The Victorian Era – by James Sexton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International License, except where otherwise noted.

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