By Francis O'Gorman
This quantity offers clean ways to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830-1900. Opens up for the reader the cultural global within which the Victorian novel was once written and skim. Crosses conventional disciplinary limitations. offers clean views on how Victorian fiction pertains to various contexts, corresponding to type, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislation and biology.
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As the picture is reality, so the novel is history’ (James 1987: 378). Rather, my preoccupation will be with the increasing tendency of the Victorian novel – like many contemporary scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and indeed painters themselves – to defamiliarize the practice of looking, making us query both what and how we see, and preventing us from taking the visual for granted. First, however, we should note how the book itself partook in the increased culture of consumerism, and the degree to which its own appearance was a part of this.
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In one way, of course, imperialism always involves binarism or dualism insofar as it names a relationship of unequal power between one country and another (or others) whose land and resources have been seized and whose sovereignty has been abrogated. The same may be said of colonialism, a form of imperialism in which members of the colonizing country inhabit in large numbers the territory seized, in the process typically displacing or exterminating indigenous peoples. ) In both abstract and concrete ways, the British Empire functioned dualistically: it featured structures of governance by which Britons ruled colonized peoples, systems of economic exchange that sought to exploit resources abroad for enrichment at home, and a military apparatus that brought force to bear in spectacular as well as quotidian ways.