Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture | SpringerLinkGalia Ofek's wide-ranging study elucidates the historical, artistic, literary, and theoretical meanings of the Victorians' preoccupation with hair. Victorian writers and artists, Ofek argues, had a well-developed awareness of fetishism as an overinvestment of value in a specific body part and were fully cognizant of hair's symbolic resonance and its value as an object of commerce. In particular, they were increasingly alert to the symbolic significance of hairstyling. By examining fiction, poetry, anthropological and scientific works, newspaper reviews and advertisements, correspondence, jewellery, paintings, and cartoons, Ofek shows how changing patterns of power relations between women and patriarchy are rendered anew when viewed through the lens of Victorian hair codes and imagery during the second half of the nineteenth century. Search all titles. Search all titles Search all collections.
Victorian Literature and Culture
Victorian literature is literature, mainly written in English, during the reign of Queen Victoria — the Victorian era. It was preceded by Romanticism and followed by the Edwardian era — While in the preceding Romantic period , poetry had been the dominant genre, it was the novel that was most important in the Victorian period. Charles Dickens — dominated the first part of Victoria's reign: his first novel , The Pickwick Papers , was published in , and his last Our Mutual Friend between —5. A major later novel was George Eliot 's —80 Middlemarch , while the major novelist of the later part of Queen Victoria's reign was Thomas Hardy — , whose first novel, Under the Greenwood Tree , appeared in and his last, Jude the Obscure , in Robert Browning —89 and Alfred Tennyson —92 were Victorian England's most famous poets, though more recent taste has tended to prefer the poetry of Thomas Hardy, who, though he wrote poetry throughout his life, did not publish a collection until , as well as that of Gerard Manley Hopkins —89 , whose poetry was published posthumously in
It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. Editors: Mazzeno , Laurence W. Essays focus on a wide range of canonical and non-canonical Victorian writers, including Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Anna Sewell, Emily Bronte, James Thomson, Christina Rossetti, and Richard Marsh, and they focus on a diverse array of forms: fiction, poetry, journalism, and letters. These essays consider a wide range of cultural attitudes and literary treatments of animals in the Victorian Age, including the development of the animal protection movement, the importation of animals from the expanding Empire, the acclimatization of British animals in other countries, and the problems associated with increasing pet ownership.
Aldershot: Ashgate, ISBN: The book explores all these issues and levels through a clear thematic division which turns out to be an efficient way of disentangling the network of images and texts in which hair features. As an introduction to the subject at hand, it provides the necessary background information and offers a good overview of cultural and religious attitudes to hair. Even though it is key to the later parts of the book, it is hard to decide whether such a theoretical array of critical tools will engage a general reader or rather defeat his or her best efforts to reach the level of discussion attained in the book. First discussing hair fashion and hair commodities such as hair memorabilia , Ofek moves on to discuss science and anthropology, showing how each aspect can be related to other, adjacent issues.
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