'Comedy' and 'humour' are not words most associate with the Victorian period, yet one needs hardly look far to find a culture rife with laughter, irony, and with what Meredith and others called the 'comic spirit'. These 12 essays by noted international scholars of Victorian literature and culture reanimate that spirit by exploring humour in its social context.
The essays in this volume by British and American contributors all engage, to varying degrees, with the notion of 'equipoise' and how it can help to illuminate the mid-Victorian period in ways which alternative formulations cannot. Some of the chapters develop arguments embedded in Burn's own book; others take up issues largely absent in The Age of Equipoise, such as the position of children, Britain's interaction with the wider world, and the threats the period experienced to its concept of masculine identity.
The Spirit of the Age: Victorian Essays
While previous studies of humour in the period focus on the age's own ongoing interest in the old distinction in comic theory between wit and humour, this volume shows how inadequate this distinction is in accounting for the many types of Victorian comic representation. These essays turn from linguistic or psychological analyses of humour and turn instead toward the social production of humour and the complex cultural dynamics that underlie it. More than simply describing the multifarious faces of the Victorian comic spirit, in other words, these analyses also expose its polymorphously perverse intelligence. It is an intelligence that is self-conscious and ironical, critical and dangerous, exposing contradictions and fissures in dominant ideological discourses, unmasking their many hypocrisies.
Fifty Orwell Essays, by George Orwell, free ebook
But its arrangement by subjects and its inclusion of so much that is commonly rejected from literary history offer this great compensation that we are enabled to see the interworking of the various intellectual currents: Darwin and Tennyson, Malthus and Matthew Arnold, Spencer and Newman, thus appear as fellow labourers, moulding and expressing that subtle, evasive thing we call the spirit of the age.
Free Yeats The Second Coming Essays and Papers
We sometimes blame the teachers of Latin and Greek for certain disquieting weaknesses that have shown themselves in the recent results of education, as a matter of fact their only fault has been the lack of sufficient insight and strength to stem the tide of custom, by endeavouring to bring classical instruction into conformity with the spirit of the age they have largely forfeited its distinct virtue and have so far rendered it superfluous.
Free Yeats The Second Coming papers, essays, and research papers.
Considered an exemplar of "Art-for-Art's Sake" in Victorian art and literature, Walter Pater (1839-1894) was co-opted as a standard bearer for the cult of hedonism by Oscar Wilde, and this version of aestheticism has since been used to attack deconstruction. Here Jonathan Loesberg boldly uses Pater's important work on society and culture, Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873), to argue that the habitual dismissal of deconstruction as "aestheticist" fails to recognize the genuine philosophic point and political engagement within aestheticism. Reading Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man in light of Pater's Renaissance, Loesberg begins by accepting the charge that deconstruction is "aestheticist." He goes on to show, however, that aestheticism and modern deconstruction both produce philosophical knowledge and political effect through persistent self-questioning or "self-resistance" and in the internal critique and destabilization of hegemonic truths. Throughout Loesberg reinterprets Pater and reexamines the contributions of deconstruction in relation to the apparent theoretical shift away from deconstruction and toward new historicism.Originally published in 1991.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.