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The Victorian Novel

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The Victorian Novel by Francis O'Gorman Book Resume:

This guide steers students through significant critical responses to the Victorian novel from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day.

Epistolary Encounters in Neo-Victorian Fiction

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Epistolary Encounters in Neo-Victorian Fiction by K. Brindle Book Resume:

Neo-Victorian writers invoke conflicting viewpoints in diaries, letters, etc. to creatively retrace the past in fragmentary and contradictory ways. This book explores the complex desires involved in epistolary discoveries of 'hidden' Victorians, offering new insight into the creative synthesising of critical thought within the neo-Victorian novel.

Neo-Victorian Fiction and Historical Narrative

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Neo-Victorian Fiction and Historical Narrative by L. Hadley Book Resume:

Placing the popular genre of neo-Victorian fiction within the context of the contemporary cultural fascination with the Victorians, this book argues that these novels are distinguished by a commitment to historical specificity and understands them within their contemporary context and the context of Victorian historical and literary narratives.

Five Victorian Ghost Novels

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Five Victorian Ghost Novels by Everett Franklin Bleiler Book Resume:

Full texts of "The Uninhabited House" by Riddell; "The Amber Witch" by Meinhold; "Monsieur Maurice" by Edwards; "A Phantom Lover" by Lee; and "The Ghost of Muir House" by Beale. 6 illustrations.

Hectic, Hippic and Hygienic: Adjectives in Victorian Fiction

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Hectic, Hippic and Hygienic: Adjectives in Victorian Fiction by Chris Kunze Book Resume:

This linguistic study is an attempt at investigating the use of adjectives in Victorian fiction. The focus of the investigation is on semantic peculiarities of this particular word class so as to provide insights into the use of different lexical fields in three problem-oriented novels dealing with unexpected or unconventional aspects of nineteenth-century Britain, these being The Time Machine by Herbert George Wells, The Lifted Veil by George Eliot and My Lady's Money by Wilkie Collins. The study aims to show that adjectival descriptions as reflected in the use of semantic domains may be indicative of contemporary concerns, thereby providing revealing insights into the values of Victorian society. As carriers of socio-cultural values and means of authorial comment, adjectives may assume the function of keywords and acquire ideological connotations against the background of the Victorian era. In an interdisciplinary approach combining linguistics, cultural studies and literary studies, the analysis highlights that the identification of such key lexemes in terms of a semantic analysis may pave the way for a deeper understanding of a literary work in its socio-cultural context.

Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society

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Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society by E. Godfrey Book Resume:

This exploration into the development of women's self-defence from 1850 to 1914 features major writers, including H.G. Wells, Elizabeth Robins and Richard Marsh, and encompasses an unusually wide-ranging number of subjects from hatpin crimes to the development of martial arts for women.

Researching Life Stories

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Researching Life Stories by Peter Clough,Dan Goodley,Rebecca Lawthom,Michelle Moore Book Resume:

Researching Life Stories critically and pragmatically reflects upon the use of life stories in social and educational research. Using four life stories as examples, the authors apply four different, practical approaches to demonstrate effective research and analysis. As well as examining in detail the four life stories around which the book is written, areas covered include: * Method and methodology in life story research * Analysis * Reflections on analyses * Craft and ethics in researching life * Policy, practice and theory in life story research. Throughout the book the authors demystify the issues surrounding life story research and demonstrate the significance of this approach to understanding individual and social worlds. This unique approach to life story research will be a valuable resource for all social science and education researchers at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

THE WARDEN

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THE WARDEN by Anthony Trollope Book Resume:

"The Warden" concerns Mr Septimus Harding, the meek, elderly warden of Hiram's Hospital and precentor of Barchester Cathedral, in the fictional county of Barsetshire. Hiram's Hospital is an almshouse supported by a medieval charitable bequest to the Diocese of Barchester. The income maintains the almshouse itself, supports its twelve bedesmen, and, in addition, provides a comfortable abode and living for its warden. Mr Harding was appointed to this position through the patronage of his old friend the Bishop of Barchester, who is also the father of Archdeacon Grantly to whom Harding's older daughter, Susan, is married. The warden, who lives with his remaining child, an unmarried younger daughter Eleanor, performs his duties conscientiously… Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters. Trollope's literary reputation dipped somewhat during the last years of his life, but he regained the esteem of critics by the mid-twentieth century.

The Articulation of Science in the Neo-Victorian Novel

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The Articulation of Science in the Neo-Victorian Novel by Daniel Candel Bormann Book Resume:

Beginning with an introduction to Ansgar Nünning's systematization of the historical novel, Daniel Candel Bormann's study offers a poetics of science in the contemporary historical, and more specifically, neo-Victorian novel.

Dying to Know

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Dying to Know by George Levine Book Resume:

"Dying to Know is the work of a distinguished scholar, at the peak of his powers, who is intimately familiar with his materials, and whose knowledge of Victorian fiction and scientific thought is remarkable. This elegant and evocative look at the move toward objectivity first pioneered by Descartes sheds new light on some old and still perplexing problems in modern science." Bernard Lightman, York University, Canada In Dying to Know, eminent critic George Levine makes a landmark contribution to the history and theory of scientific knowledge. This long-awaited book explores the paradoxes of our modern ideal of objectivity, in particular its emphasis on the impersonality and disinterestedness of truth. How, asks Levine, did this idea of selfless knowledge come to be established and moralized in the nineteenth century? Levine shows that for nineteenth-century scientists, novelists, poets, and philosophers, access to the truth depended on conditions of such profound self-abnegation that pursuit of it might be taken as tantamount to the pursuit of death. The Victorians, he argues, were dying to know in the sense that they could imagine achieving pure knowledge only in a condition where the body ceases to make its claims: to achieve enlightenment, virtue, and salvation, one must die. Dying to Know is ultimately a study of this moral ideal of epistemology. But it is also something much more: a spirited defense of the difficult pursuit of objectivity, the ethical significance of sacrifice, and the importance of finding a shareable form of knowledge.

A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel

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A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel by Francis O'Gorman Book Resume:

This volume presents fresh approaches to classic Victorian fiction from 1830-1900. Opens up for the reader the cultural world in which the Victorian novel was written and read. Crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Provides fresh perspectives on how Victorian fiction relates to different contexts, such as class, sexuality, empire, psychology, law and biology.

The Romance of Lust

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The Romance of Lust by Anonymous Book Resume:

Do you want to read The Romance of Lust? If so then keep reading... The Romance of Lust, anonymously written in the 1870's, is one of the first examples of erotic fiction as it has developed into a widely popular genre today, scandalous for its time, this is a window into sexual curiosity in an era when it had been seriously taboo. Breaking boundaries of early English sexual prudence, this is a testament to the sexual imagination of the Victorian era. An erotic novel in four parts. What are you waiting for The Romance of Lust is one click away, select the "Buy Now" button in the top right corner NOW!

The Form of Victorian Fiction

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The Form of Victorian Fiction by Joseph Hillis Miller Book Resume:

Three key components are crucial to Victorian fiction: time, interpersonal relations, and realism, The book is organized around a discussion of these elements and their relationship to one another. This book's theory of literary criticism strives to identify the unique flavor of the author's consciousness through the interaction of the imaginary minds of the narrator and his characters in the novel.--Adapted from preface.

Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body

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Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body by Anna Krugovoy Silver Book Resume:

Anna Krugovoy Silver examines the ways nineteenth-century British writers used physical states of the female body - hunger, appetite, fat and slenderness - in the creation of female characters. Silver argues that anorexia nervosa, first diagnosed in 1873, serves as a paradigm for the cultural ideal of middle-class womanhood in Victorian Britain. In addition, Silver relates these literary expressions to the representation of women's bodies in the conduct books, beauty manuals and other non-fiction prose of the period, contending that women 'performed' their gender and class alliances through the slender body. Silver discusses a wide range of writers including Charlotte Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Charles Dickens, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Bram Stoker and Lewis Carroll to show that mainstream models of middle-class Victorian womanhood share important qualities with the beliefs or behaviours of the anorexic girl or woman.

Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels

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Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels by Dr Laurence Talairach-Vielmas Book Resume:

Laurence Talairach-Vielmas explores Victorian representations of femininity in narratives that depart from mainstream realism, from fairy tales by George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, Juliana Horatia Ewing, and Jean Ingelow, to sensation novels by Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Rhoda Broughton, and Charles Dickens. Feminine representation, Talairach-Vielmas argues, is actually presented in a hyper-realistic way in such anti-realistic genres as children's literature and sensation fiction. In fact, it is precisely the clash between fantasy and reality that enables the narratives to interrogate the real and re-create a new type of realism that exposes the normative constraints imposed to contain the female body. In her exploration of the female body and its representations, Talairach-Vielmas examines how Victorian fantasies and sensation novels deconstruct and reconstruct femininity; she focuses in particular on the links between the female characters and consumerism, and shows how these serve to illuminate the tensions underlying the representation of the Victorian ideal.

Victorian Literature at St. Deiniol's Library

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Women at Work in the Victorian Novel

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Women at Work in the Victorian Novel by Bronwyn Rivers Book Resume:

By examining the way that novels influenced and were influenced by the domestic ideology of womanhood, this book demonstrates how Victorian novels contributed to the imaginative and ideological changes of that important aspect of female emancipation, women's work.

Tragedy in the Victorian novel

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Tragedy in the Victorian novel by N.A Book Resume:

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Two Classic Novels ISTP Will Love

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Two Classic Novels ISTP Will Love by Mary Shelley,George Eliot Book Resume:

ISTP has a rational and calm facade, but they can be very enthusiastic and spontaneous; people around them may find it difficult to predict their behaviour. In this book you will find two classic novels specially selected to please the tastes of the ISTP. These are works by renowned authors that will surely bring reflections, insights and fun to people with this kind of personality. For ISTP, we chose: - Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.For more books that will suit you, be sure to check out our collection 7 Short Stories your Myers-Briggs Type Will Love!

Mudie's Circulating Library and the Victorian Novel

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Mudie's Circulating Library and the Victorian Novel by Guinevere L. Griest Book Resume:

From 1842, when Charles Edward Mudie started lending books at his shop in Bloomsbury, until 1894 when the Library Establishment destroyed the three-decker, fiction maintained a recognized supremacy in the English world of letters. Between 1845 and 1870, when the potential earning power of the novel developed enormously, when literary critics saw the novel as the nineteenth century replacement for the epic and even the drama, when interest in fiction was sharpened by careful and copious criticism, when the novelist was demanding the right to be judged as a serious critic of life, Mudie's contributed essential elements by providing a central distributing agency and by the development of a cohesive body of readers. The circulating library had a significant influence on the Victorian literary milieu, and by championing the three-decker on the construction of novels themselves. For the student of the Victorian era, the institution that was Mudie's left a lasting imprint on authors, publishers, and the reading public, which this volume explores within the context of Victorian literary tastes and values.

North and South Illustrated

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North and South Illustrated by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Book Resume:

North and South is a social novel published in 1854 by English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. With Wives and Daughters and Cranford, it is one of her best-known novels and was adapted for television three times. The 2004 version renewed interest in the novel and attracted a wider readership.

The Victorian Novel in Context

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The Victorian Novel in Context by Grace Moore Book Resume:

Guiding students through immediate contexts, key texts, and wider contexts of the Victorian novel, this book explores all the major writers and their subsequent afterlives.

Victorian Fiction

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Victorian Fiction by National Book League (Great Britain),John Carter,Michael Sadleir Book Resume:

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Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction

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Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction by Jerome Meckier Book Resume:

Victorian fiction has been read and analyzed from a wide range of perspectives in the past century. But how did the novelists themselves read and respond to each other's creations when they first appeared? Jerome Meckier answers that intriguing question in this ground-breaking study of what he terms the Victorian realism wars. Meckier argues that nineteenth-century British fiction should be seen as a network of intersecting reactions and counteractions in which the novelists rethought and rewrote each other's novels as a way of enhancing their own credibility. In an increasingly relative world, thanks to the triumph of a scientific secularity, the goal of the novelist was to establish his or her own credentials as a realist, hence a reliable social critic, by undercutting someone else's -- usually Charles Dickens's. Trollope, Mrs. Gaskell, and especially George Eliot attempted to make room for themselves in the 1850s and 1860s by pushing Dickens aside. Wilkie Collins tried a different form of parodic revaluation: he strove to outdo Dickens at the kind of novel Dickens thought he did best, the kind his other rivals tried to cancel, tone down, or repair, ostensibly for being too melodramatic but actually for expressing too negative a world view. For his part, Dickens -- determined to remain inimitable -- replied to all of his rivals by redoing them as spiritedly as they had reused his characters and situations to make their own statements and to discredit his. Thus Meckier redefines Victorian realism as the bravura assertion by a major novelist (or one soon to be) that he or she was a better realist than Dickens. By suggesting the ways Victorian novelist read and rewrote each other's work, this innovative study alters present day perceptions of such double-purpose novels as Felix Holt, Bleak House, Middlemarch, North and South, Hard Times, The Woman in White, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The Victorian Art of Fiction

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The Victorian Art of Fiction by Rohan Maitzen Book Resume:

The Victorian Art of Fiction presents important Victorian statements on the form and function of fiction. The essays in this anthology address questions of genre, such as realism and sensationalism; questions of gender and authorship; questions of form, such as characterization, plot construction, and narration; and questions about the morality of fiction. The editor discusses where Victorian writing on the novel has been placed in accounts of the history of criticism and then suggests some reasons for reconsidering this conventional evaluation. Among the featured essayists and critics are John Ruskin, Walter Bagehot, George Henry Lewes, Leslie Stephen, Anthony Trollope, and Robert Louis Stevenson; the classic essays include George Eliot’s “Silly Novels by Lady Novelists” and Henry James’s “The Art of Fiction.”

The Impact of Victorian Children's Fiction

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The Impact of Victorian Children's Fiction by J. S. Bratton Book Resume:

Originally published in 1981. Many of the classics of children’s literature were produced in the Victorian period. But Alice in Wonderland and The King of the Golden River were not the books offered to the majority of children of the time. When writing for children began to be taken seriously, it was not as an art, but as an instrument of moral suasion, practical instruction, Christian propaganda or social control. This book describes and evaluates this body of literature. It places the books in the economic and social contexts of their writing and publication, and considers many of the most prolific writers in detail. It deals with the stories intended to teach the newly-literate poor their social and religious lessons: sensational romances, tales of adventure and military glory, through which the boys were taught the value of self-help and inspired with the ideals of empire; and domestic novels, intended to offer girls a model for the expression of heroism and aspiration within the restricted Victorian woman’s world.

Two Classic Novels ISFJ Will Love

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Two Classic Novels ISFJ Will Love by Vitor Hugo,Jane Austen Book Resume:

ISFJs are very generous and kindhearted; they value cooperation and are careful of other people's feelings.. In this book you will find two classic novels specially selected to please the tastes of the ISFJ. For ISFJ, we chose: - Notre-Dame de Paris by Vitor Hugo. - Persuasion by Jane Austen. For more books that will suit you, be sure to check out our collection 7 Short Stories your Myers-Briggs Type Will Love!

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

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A Companion to Romantic Poetry by Charles Mahoney Book Resume:

Through a series of 34 essays by leading and emerging scholars, A Companion to Romantic Poetry reveals the rich diversity of Romantic poetry and shows why it continues to hold such a vital and indispensable place in the history of English literature. Breaking free from the boundaries of the traditionally-studied authors, the collection takes a revitalized approach to the field and brings together some of the most exciting work being done at the present time Emphasizes poetic form and technique rather than a biographical approach Features essays on production and distribution and the different schools and movements of Romantic Poetry Introduces contemporary contexts and perspectives, as well as the issues and debates that continue to drive scholarship in the field Presents the most comprehensive and compelling collection of essays on British Romantic poetry currently available

Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity

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Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity by Simon Goldhill Book Resume:

How did the Victorians engage with the ancient world? Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity is a brilliant exploration of how the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome influenced Victorian culture. Through Victorian art, opera, and novels, Simon Goldhill examines how sexuality and desire, the politics of culture, and the role of religion in society were considered and debated through the Victorian obsession with antiquity. Looking at Victorian art, Goldhill demonstrates how desire and sexuality, particularly anxieties about male desire, were represented and communicated through classical imagery. Probing into operas of the period, Goldhill addresses ideas of citizenship, nationalism, and cultural politics. And through fiction--specifically nineteenth-century novels about the Roman Empire--he discusses religion and the fierce battles over the church as Christianity began to lose dominance over the progressive stance of Victorian science and investigation. Rediscovering some great forgotten works and reframing some more familiar ones, the book offers extraordinary insights into how the Victorian sense of antiquity and our sense of the Victorians came into being. With a wide range of examples and stories, Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity demonstrates how interest in the classical past shaped nineteenth-century self-expression, giving antiquity a unique place in Victorian culture.

How to Read the Victorian Novel

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How to Read the Victorian Novel by George Levine Book Resume:

How to Read the Victorian Novel provides a unique introduction to the genre. Using examples from the classics, like The Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, Jane Eyre, The Woman in White, and Middlemarch, it demonstrates just how unfamiliar their familiarity is. The book attempts to break free of the sense that the Victorian novel is somehow old fashioned, moralizing, and formally careless by emphasizing the complexity, difficulty, and rare pleasures of the Victorian writers’ strenuous efforts both to entertain and to teach; to create serious “art” and to appeal to wide audiences; to respond both to the demands of publishing and also to their own rich imaginative engagement with a world heading into modernity at full speed. Broad in its scope, the text surveys a wide variety of literary types and explores the cultural and historical developments of the novel form itself. The book also poses a series of “big questions” pertaining to money, capitalism, industry, race, gender, and, at the same time, to formal issues, such as plotting, perspective, and realist representation. In addition, it locates the qualities that give to the great variety of Victorian novels a “family resemblance,” the material conditions of their production, their tendency to multiply plots, their obsession with class and money, their problematic handling of gender questions, and their commitment to realist representation. How to Read the Victorian Novel challenges our comfortable expectations of the genre in order to explore intensively a burgeoning and changing literary form which mirrors a burgeoning and changing society.

Explaining the Depiction of Violence Against Women in Victorian Literature

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Explaining the Depiction of Violence Against Women in Victorian Literature by Karen Elizabeth Tatum,Karen F. Tatum Book Resume:

This book examines the causes of the abject response in canonical novels, such as Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Aurora Floyd and Lady Audley's Secret. In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva outlines her theory of abjection as a simultaneous fascination and horror stemming from sensorial reminders of the subject's primal, psychological relation to the mother. The author suggests that these psychological perspectives can potentially result in acts of physical violence, which are called abject response. By developing Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection as a model for reading physical acts of violence against women, the book yields specific answers to its overriding questions: why was a female body so threatening in nineteenth-century fiction? The answer lies in social constructions of women as powers of horror, which the male subject imbibes and which lead to domestic violence if improperly balanced.

Bibliographies of Studies in Victorian Literature for the Ten Years 1965-1974

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Bibliographies of Studies in Victorian Literature for the Ten Years 1965-1974 by Modern Language Association of America. Victorian Literature Group Book Resume:

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Bibliographies of Studies in Victorian Literature for the Ten Years 1975-1984

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Bibliographies of Studies in Victorian Literature for the Ten Years 1975-1984 by Barbara Tobias Book Resume:

This volume comprises publications on Victorian literature written in the period 1975-1984. The lists derive from the summer issues of the journal Victorian Studies which are devoted to bibliography of the period. Also included is an index of names and subjects.

Utopian Novels in Victorian England

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Utopian Novels in Victorian England by Silke Bosch Book Resume:

Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Potsdam (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Victorian Novels, language: English, abstract: The aim of this paper is to compare three of the most influential Utopian novels of the Victorian era in Great Britain: William Morris News from Nowhere, Samuel Butlers Erewhon and Edward Bulwer-Lyttons The Coming Race. ... I will concentrate on a specific aspect which struck me as most interesting. The question I want to pose is in how far the works are still hopeful and positive and how far they are already disillusioned and negative. Do they consider the idea of a utopian and perfect society to be desirable and possible? I found that Morris' News from Nowhere is still a classic Utopia as it depicts a hopeful prospect of an ideal state of society, but it also introduces a new notion. A utopian society is not something out of human reach, but can be realised entirely. Morris' basis was Marx' theory and he really believed in the possibility of a truly communist and happy nation. Butler's work Erewhon should be rather called a satire, as it is mostly a criticism of Victorian society. But still, it uses the frame of a Utopian fiction and therefor also comments on it. From Erewhon can be concluded that mankind is not capable of true improvement and that a perfect system is intolerant and oppressive. Lytton's work The Coming Race is a mixture of criticism, offering answers and for the most part a discussion of the perfectibility of men and the desirability of perfection, coming to the conclusion that perfection and the desire for it is rather a threat to mankind."