The Victorian period was a time of rapid cultural change, which resulted in a huge and varied literary output. A New Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture offers experienced guidance to the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its social and historical context. This revised and expanded edition comprises contributions from over 30 leading scholars who, approaching the Victorian epoch from different positions and traditions, delve into the unruly complexities of the Victorian imagination.
Divided into five parts, this new companion surveys seven decades of history before examining the keys phases in a Victorian life, the leading professions and walks of life, the major Victorian literary genres, and the way Victorians defined their persons, their homes, and their national identities. Important topics such as sexuality, denominational faith, social class, and global empire inform each chapter’s approach. Each chapter provides a comprehensive bibliography of established and emerging scholarship.
Herbert F. Tucker is John C. Coleman Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Virginia. His books include Victorian Literature 1830-1900 (edited with Dorothy Mermin, 2001) and Epic: Britain’s Heroic Muse 1790-1910 (2008, 2012). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, associate editor for New Literary History, and series editor in Victorian Literature and Culture for the University of Virginia Press.