Forges a fresh interpretation of Charlotte Brontë’s oeuvre as a response to ecological instability.
Examines how literature mediated a convergence of militarism and medicine in Victorian culture that continues into the present via a widespread martial metaphor.
First comprehensive account of the figure of the Irish Celt in modern British and Irish literature.
Highlights connections between authors rarely studied together by exposing their shared counternarratives to germ theory's implicit suggestion of protection in isolation.
An original critical introduction to women characters in the novels of Jane Austen.
Examines Victorian conceptions of home and identity by looking at portrayals and accounts of middle-class emigration to Australia.
Argues that Byron’s popularity marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural identity.
Examines the importance of fetishism in nineteenth-century cultural theory.
Explores Victorian responses to death and burial in literature, journalism, and legal writing.
Uncovers the origins of midlife anxiety in Victorian print culture.
Examines affect and the significance of space and place in the first six Canterbury Tales.
Examines the body in literature and science in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe.
Turns a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland.
How Victorians reacted to the new sciences of geology and archaeology.
How cholera epidemics affected Victorian perceptions of the body and the nation.
How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.
From explorers’ accounts to boys’ adventure fiction, how Arctic exploration served as a metaphor for nation-building and empire in nineteenth-century Britain.
Traces Woolf’s persistent yet vexed fascination with nineteenth-century descriptions of English domesticity and female creativity.
Offers an explanation for the poet's mysterious and longstanding preoccupation with death and grief.
Shows how Alfred the Great's translations of Latin works exposed Anglo-Saxon elites to classical learning and Christian thought while bringing prestige to the king and his West Saxon dialect.
Recovers a dynamic women’s tradition of vision and sexuality, challenging Darwinian and Freudian accounts of women as nonvisual sexual agents.
Explains why poetry gave way to the realist novel as the dominant literary form in nineteenth-century England.
Examines the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement on art and literature around the world.
An early British novel, attributed to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, which explores the problems of first impressions and arranged marriages from the perspective of a woman who would suffer the long-term consequences of both.
Uses legal and literary resources to explore Shakespeare's use of the law and its instruments in the problem plays.
Explores how medical and social maps helped shape modern perceptions of space.
Addresses how Victorian receptions of Romanticism and Romantic writers were shaped by notions of "nervousness. "
Examines the intricate relationships between time and gender in the novels of five fin-de-siecle British writers--Thomas Hardy, Olive Schreiner, H. Rider Haggard, Sarah Grand, and Mona Caird.
Explores the continuing relevance of important political themes in five of Shakespeare's English History plays.
Explores James Joyce's use of parody and humor in his representation of women, gays, and Irish nationalism, and discusses how his complex attitude toward parody and stereotyping is related to his aesthetic vision.
Argues that Victorian legal, linguistic, and cultural attitudes toward promises--especially promises to marry--had a formative effect on novels of the period.
Explores the multiple, often contradictory identifications and fantasies that distinguish Lawrence's fiction, casting fresh light on his relationship with women.
Argues against the persistent view of Romantic lyricism as inherently introspective by relating the poems of William Wordsworth, John Clare, and Charlotte Smith, as well as the letters and prose works of Dorothy Wordsworth, to their historical and literary contexts.
Establishes Blake’s controversial, unfinished epic, The Four Zoas, as the culmination of his mythos.
This book traces the development of alchemical discourse in the work of W. B. Yeats. His early essays and Golden Dawn transcripts demonstrate that for the poet, the alchemist was both artist and initiate. ...
This book argues that play offered Hamlet, John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, Robert Burton, and Sir Thomas Browne a way to live within the contradictions and conflicts of late Renaissance life ...
In a unique study of Anglo-Jewish writers in the post-war period, Dr. Sicher traces through their works the story of the rise of the Jewish community from slum poverty to suburban affluence. This period ...