Bourrier, Karen. "Narrating Insanity in
the Letters of Thomas Mulock and Dinah Mulock Craik." Victorian Literature
and Culture 39.1 (2011): 203-222.
"The popularity [Dinah Mulock Craik] attained with John Halifax, Gentleman
only exacerbated her private difficulties . . .
the self-effacement Craik displayed in her writing and her public life
was far from an effusion of demure, sentimental domesticity; it was a
strategy for coping with the madness that threatened to destroy her family
Brown, Daniel. "George Egerton's Keynotes:
Nietzschean Feminism and Fin-de-Siecle Fetishism." Victorian Literature
and Culture 39.1 (2011): 143-166.
"Egerton's broad but nonetheless radical engagement with Nietzschean
thought can be traced through the references she makes to the philosopher
in Keynotes, which are widely credited with being the first in English
Chialant, Maria Teresa. "Dickensian Resonances
in the Contemporary English Novel." Dickens Quarterly 28.1 (2011):
Analyzes "'Dickensian resonances' in contemporary British fiction,
singling out similarities and differences between the Victorian writer's
sub-texts and their modern rewriting." Our Mutual Friend, Oliver Twist,
and Bleak House constitute as London's underworld among others.
Cook, Daniel. "Bodies of Scholarship: Witnessing
the Library in Late-Victorian Fiction." Victorian Literature and Culture
39.1 (2011): 107-125.
Considers "how the scholar's library enters late-Victorian fiction,
and specifically its reciprocal impact on the novel of ideas (such as
Mrs. Humphrey Ward's Robert Elsmere), which can itself be conceived as
an avatar of the library: a scholarly tradition separated and secreted
Curtin, Mary Elizabeth. "'Life Bottled Wasps':
Beerbohm, Huysmans, and the Decadents' Suburban Retreat." Victorian
Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 183-200.
"Strange, then, to think that at the end of the nineteenth century,
two of Europe's Decadent writers - Max Beerbohm and Joris-Karl Huysmans
- could find in the suburbs of London and Paris an aesthetic retreat from
the snares of bourgeois urban life."
Elleray, Michelle. "Little Builders: Coral
Insects, Missionary Culture, and the Victorian Child." Victorian Literature
and Culture 39.1 (2011): 223-238.
"This essay addresses the missionary culture that both preceded
and is embedded in The Coral Island by examining popular accounts of the
formation of coral islands and an evangelical periodical for children,
the Juvenile Missionary Magazine."
Farkas, Carol-Ann. "Fictional Medical Women
and Moral Therapy in the Late-Nineteenth Century: Daughters of Aesculapius,
Mothers to All." English Literature in Transition 54.2 (2011):
"The height of the late-Victorian medical woman's success owed
much to her ability to reconcile - or conflate - her feminist goals with
the teachings of empirical science, essentialist notions about sexual
identity, and anxieties of popular racialist sentiment." Analyzes the
reflection of moral, medical and maternal traits in "Sydney Grier (Hilda
Gregg)'s" Peace with Honour, Annie S. Swan's Elizabeth Glen,
MB and Mrs. Keith Hamilton, MB, Margaret Todd's Mona Maclean,
Medical Student, and Charles Reed's A Woman Hater among others.
Henderson, Kate Krueger. "Mobility and Modern
Consciousness in George Egerton's and Charlotte Mew's Yellow Book Stories."
English Literature in Transition 54.2 (2011): 185-211.
"The Yellow Book (1894-1897) capitalized on dismantling
expectations of urbanity through gender and thus actively shaped this
project of cosmopolitan deterritorialization: unidentified and unidentifiable
women roamed indiscriminately through London in its pages. By aligning
its ethos with controversial New Woman fiction and promoting women writers
such as George Egerton and Charlotte Mew, The Yellow Book gained a reputation
as a cultural commentator."
Hildebrand, R. Jayne. "News from Nowhere
and William Morris's Aesthetics of Unreflectiveness: Pleasurable Habits."
English Literature in Transition 54.1 (2011): 3-27.
"By identifying habit rather than a set of laws or a system of
government as the binding force of socialist community, Morris places
at the centre of his political theory a form of repetitive, unreflective
behaviour that was deeply unpopular in much nineteenth-century thought
and continues to pose a problem for many present-day critics of News
Houston, Gail Turley. "[Victorians Live]
Young Victoria]." Victorian Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011):
"The film Young Victoria (2009) illustrates many of the anomalies
the Queen . . . and her Prince Consort . . . strained against." Discusses
"if Victoria was the representation of a failure of masculinity, as it
were, Albert, legally known as 'Consort,' could hardly have been taken
as a success (or succession) of manhood."
Ichikawa, Chieko. "Writing as Female National
and Imperial Responsibility: Florence Nightingale's Scheme for Social
and Cultural Reforms in England and India." Victorian Literature and
Culture 39.1 (2011): 87-105.
"Explores the dynamism of Nightingale's writing which provided
the basis for her participation in the political and ideological debates
over the nation and the Empire. . . . Examines Nightingale's concept of
a "healthy" nation in her writings on public health in Britain and India."
Jones, Anna Maria. "Conservation of Energy,
Individual Agency, and Gothic Terror in Richard Marsh's The Beetle, or,
What's Scarier Than an Ancient, Evil, Shape-Shifting Bug?" Victorian
Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 65-85.
Anna Maria Jones examines "two oppositions that shape critical
discussions of the fin-de-siècle Gothic - horror and terror, and entropy
and energy" in relation to Marsh's gothic novel The Beetle, a story similar
to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Kaiser, Matthew. "Pater's Mouth." Victorian
Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 47-64.
"As Lionel Johnson discovered when he lunched, dined, smoked,
and took Communion with Pater, when he fell in love with him, and when
he thought fondly of him the next day, Pater teaches us, in the end, how
to appreciate, how to unfurl a thought lovingly across our tongues, how
to give ourselves the gift of time. He is like the angel from the Book
of Revelation who places the 'Word' in our mouths."
Knoepflmacher, U.C. "Boy-Orphans, Mesmeric
Villains, and Film Stars: Inscribing Oliver Twist Into Treasure Island."
Victorian Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 1-25.
States that "there are . . . remarkable similarities between the
two texts" -- Oliver Twist and Treasure Island. "For each dramatizes a
young boy's immersion in a counter-world headed by villains who defy the
norms of a dubious patriarchal order. . . . The strong spell"[s] exerted
by the villains on "the innocents they mesmerize infects readers of each
narrative as well as viewers of their many cinematic adaptations."
Latham, Monica."Bringing Newness to the
World: Lloyd Jones's Pacific Version of Great Expectations'." Dickens
Quarterly 28.1 (2011): 22-40.
"Examines the literary implications of Lloyd Jones's playing with
and manipulating a Western canonical hypotext, Great Expectations, in
order to create original hypertexts which are subtly interwoven in his
novel, Mister Pip."
Lutz, Deborah. "The Dead Still Among Us:
Victorian Secular Relics, Hair, Jewelry, and Death Culture." Victorian
Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 127-142.
Material object and grief became essential themes in Victorian
literature. This is evident in Heathcliff's inserting a lock of his hair
in Catherine's remains in Wuthering Heights, Rossetti's sensualising of
the dead woman in "The Blessed Damozel," Magdalen's drawing of a morsel
of hair in Wilkie Collins's No Name, Tennyson's view of the afterlife
in In Memoriam, significance of locks of hair in Dickens's A Tale of Two
Cities and Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.
Macdonald, Kate. "Edwardian Transitions
in the Fiction of Una L. Silberrad." English Literature in Transition
54.2 (2011): 212-233.
"By considering the predominant themes in her [Silberrad's] novels,
focusing on her first fifteen years of publishing, and on her novels The
Good Comrade (1907) and The Affairs of John Bolsover (1911),
it becomes clear that [her style] give[s] strength to her work."
McKean, Matthew K. "Rethinking Late-Victorian
Slum Fiction: The Crowd and Imperialism at Home." English Literature
in Transition 54.1 (2011): 28-55.
"London's crowd was for slum writers an imperial encounter on
their very own doorsteps. . . . The crowd symbolized a kind of incomplete
humanity that befitted sensational writing, not rational reform." The
East End London crowd is depicted in Gissing's Workers in the Dawn,
A Nether World, and Demos, Harkness's A City Girl and
Out of Work, Morrison's Tales of Mean Streets and A Child
of Jago, and Besant's All Sorts and Conditions of Men among
Navarre, Joan. "Oscar Wilde, Edward Heron-Allen,
and the Palmistry Craze of the 1880s." English Literature in Transition
54.2 (2011): 174-184.
"This article explores social history and analyzes elements from
Wilde's story [Lord Arthur Savile's Crime: A Story of Cheiromancy]
more thoroughly to advance the claim that Heron-Allen indeed influenced
Nielsen, Danielle. "Samuel Butler's Life
and Habit and The Way of All Flesh: Traumatic Evolution." English Literature
in Transition 54.1 (2011): 79-100.
"Samuel Butler's seminal evolutionary text Life and Habit (1878)
and semiautobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (1903) instill
in modern readers a sense of the social discord of the late-Victorian
period. . . . Together The Way of All Flesh and Life and Habit
show that seclusion, alongside trauma, enables one to utilize free will
and escape the deadening effects of church and family."
Nord, Deborah Epstein. "Dickens's 'Jewish
Question': Pariah Capitalism and the Way Out." Victorian Literature and
Culture 39.1 (2011): 27-45.
"Fagin in Oliver Twist serves as an archetypal Jew, second only
to Shylock. But Riah in Our Mutual Friend also grows out of Dickens's
fascination with "forms of urban labor and his interest in the possibilities
of personal and social transformation.""
Poon, Phoebe. "Trust and Conscience in Bleak
House and Our Mutual Friend." Dickens Quarterly 28.1 (2011): 3-21.
States that both in Bleak House and in Our Mutual Friend, "there
is still hope that trust and conscience - personalized and feminized -
may prevail as values of overriding significance in the modern world."
Schaffer, Talia, "[Victorians Live] Playing
With Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage." Victorian Literature
and Culture 39.1 (2011): 284-291.
"A recent show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Playing with
Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage, displayed arresting images:
photographs of aristocratic family members snipped and pasted into bizarre
scenes that were carefully drawn with pen and ink or painted with watercolors."
Silver, Carole G. "Waterhouse Revisited."
Victorian Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 263-269.
The exhibition 'J.W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite' at
the Royal Academy raises a few questions about Waterhouse. "Is Waterhouse
a Pre-Raphaelite, albeit a late one, and if so, what makes him one? And
is he modern and in what sense? Is his modernity a matter of new techniques,
of the rejection of narrative, of a fresh conception of art?"
Singleton, Jon. "Malignant Faith and Cognitive
Restructuring: Realism in Adam Bede." Victorian Literature and Culture
39.1 (2011): 239-260.
"The realism Eliot articulates in Adam Bede (1859) and elaborates
for the rest of her career is modeled on her understanding of the cognitive
structure of faith - and calculated to infiltrate and eradicate it."
Slinn, E. Warwick. "Darwin in the Greater
Britain of the Southern Hemisphere." Victorian Literature and Culture
39.1 (2011): 272-278.
"In 2009 . . . [the] Allan Wilson Center for Molecular Ecology
and Evolution . . . at Massey University, [New Zealand] . . . commissioned
the performance of a celebratory play about Charles Darwin to commemorate
his achievements for the 200-years anniversary of his birth and the 150-years
anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species."
Stauffer, Andrew M. "Digital Scholarly Resources
for the Study of Victorian Literature and Culture." Victorian Literature
and Culture 39.1 (2011): 293-303.
Review article."Provides a categorical map to the landscape of
digital resources available to enrich scholarship on Victorian literature
Sussman, Herbert. "Steampunk at Oxford."
Victorian Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 278-284.
"An exhibition called simply Steampunk by the august Oxford Museum
of the History of Science. . . . The steampunk art shown at Oxford looks
to revive the joy ofmaking in amachine age by evoking an alternative Victorian
technological universe of steam, proto-computers, and hand-made optical
Vargo, Gregory. "A Life in Fragments: Thomas
Cooper's Chartist Bildungsroman." Victorian Literature and Culture
39.1 (2011): 167-181.
Selects "four stories from Cooper's collection which taken together
might comprehend a life. . . . The technical inventiveness of the stories
in Wise Saws and Modern Instances makes the collection significant . .
. By refashioning the Bildungsroman as a set of discrete tales, Cooper
effectively splinters narrative perspective and embraces a dialogic structure."
Wagner, Tamara S. "Dickens's 'Gentleman
for Nowhere': Reversing Technological Gothic in the Linkages of Mugby
Junction." Dickens Quarterly 28.1 (2011): 52-64.
"Written within a pervasive sensationalization of technology and
after Dickens's own experience of its dangers," the 'technological Gothic'
tale of Mugby Junction does not simply reflect a specific discourse or
Weintraub, Stanley. "Marie Corelli's Satan
and Don Juan in Hell." English Literature in Transition 54.2 (2011):
The probability of Shaw's idea of Don Juan in Hell "began
to coalesce when he read The Sorrows of Satan and then reviewed
a stage adaptation in 1897. Since 1886 he had reviewed her [Corelli's]
best-selling yet critically excoriated novels, all with a melodramatically
religious dimension emanating from late-Victorian agonizing about faith