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Although largely unknown in his lifetime, Gerard Manley Hopkins was, Jill Muller contends, the 'heart in hiding' of Victorian Catholicism. Investigations of Hopkins's spirituality have too often detached his beliefs from their local habitation in a newly industrialized, historically anti-Catholic and increasingly secular England. This book restores the poet to his full intellectual and literary context by exploring his responses to the writings of his Catholic contemporaries, and by situating the preoccupations, dramas and disappointments of his life in the wider setting of Victorian Catholic culture.
Voices of Victorian England illuminates the character, personalities, and events of the era through excerpts from primary documents produced between 1837 and 1901. By allowing Queen Victoria's contemporaries to speak for themselves, this work brings the achievements and conflicts that occurred during the queen's long reign alive for high school and college students as well as the general public. Excerpts represent literary giants such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, and Anthony Trollope. The book covers the worlds of politics, religion, economics, and science, and addresses subjects such as women's issues and the royal family. Documents include letters, poems, speeches, polemics, reviews, novels, official reports, and self-help guides, as well as descriptive narratives of people and events from England, Scotland, Ireland, and, where pertinent, America and continental Europe. Spelling has been modernized and unfamiliar terms defined, and questions and commentary provide background and context for each document. In addition, the book offers tools that will help readers effectively evaluate a document's meaning and importance.
During the fin de siecle, the spinster figure played an integral role in the development of modern female identities, serving as a transitional figure between the late Victorian era and early twentieth century. Four emerging female identities are discussed in this book. The first chapter examines the connection between the spinster and the New Woman, a feminist construct that became wildly popular in the 1890s. Chapter two analyzes the way that spinsterhood was used as a punitive presence in the debate over woman's education, culminating in the assumption that female academics were no more than (future) spinsters. Chapter three argues that sexologists used the spinster figure as a template for the invert, a nineteenth century sexologi-cal term for someone with same-sex interests. The final chapter examines the spinster explorer, a figure that claimed a number of freedoms for it'self while abroad, but returned to the status quo upon returning "home." Each of these emerging female identities drew upon the spinster figure in the process of their development.
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