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Martin Hewitt's An Age of Equipoise? Reassessing mid-Victorian Britain PDF

By Martin Hewitt

The Age of Equipoise by way of W.L Burn was once released in 1964 and have become a critical textual content within the canon of interpretations of the Victorian interval. The booklet hence fell out of favour yet contemporary claims to set up a brand new interpretative commonplace have, satirically, triggered reviewers to solid again to Burn's paintings because the orthodox normal opposed to which such claims will be judged. The essays during this quantity by means of British and American individuals all interact, to various levels, with the idea of 'equipoise' and the way it could actually aid to light up the mid-Victorian interval in methods which replacement formulations can't. a number of the chapters increase arguments embedded in Burn's personal ebook; others absorb matters mostly absent within the Age of Equipoise, resembling the location of youngsters, Britain's interplay with the broader international, and the threats the interval skilled to its inspiration of masculine identification. jointly the essays exhibit the intricacy and turbulence of the forces of solidarity in Victorian society, in addition to the luck of that tradition in attaining a operating, if transferring, modus vivendi. furthermore, they substantiate the argument that, regardless of the barriers of Burn's paintings, 'equipoise' merits rehabilitation as a robust conceptual framework for making feel of mid-Victorian Britain. concerning the Editor: Martin Hewitt is Director of the Leeds Centre for Victorian reviews and editor of the magazine of Victorian tradition. With Robert Poole he has lately produced an variation of The Diaries of Samuel Bamford, 1858-61 (Sutton, 2000).

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