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Victorian Jewelry, Identity, and the Novel

Victorian Jewelry, Identity, and the Novel [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317002199
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Publisher: Routledge
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Victorian Jewelry, Identity, and the Novel by , Book Resume:

In this study of Victorian jewels and their representation, Jean Arnold explores the role material objects play in the cultural cohesion of the West. Diamonds and other gems, Arnold argues, symbolized the most closely held beliefs of the Victorians and thus can be considered "prisms of culture." Mined in the far reaches of the empire, they traversed geographical space and cultural boundaries, representing monetary value and evoking empire, class lineage, class membership, gender relations, and aesthetics. Arnold analyzes the many roles material objects fill in Western culture and surveys the cross-cultural history of the Victorian diamond, uncovering how this object became both preeminent and representative of Victorian values. Her close readings of Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone, George Eliot's Middlemarch, William Makepeace Thackeray's The Great Hoggarty Diamond, and Anthony Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds show gendered, aesthetic, economic, fetishistic, colonial, legal, and culturally symbolic interpretations of jewelry as they are enacted through narrative. Taken together, these divergent interpretations offer a holistic view of a material culture's affective attachment to objects. As the assigned meanings of jewels turn them into symbols of power, personal relationships, and valued ideas, human interactions with gems elicit emotional responses that bind the materialist culture together.

A Companion to the Etruscans

A Companion to the Etruscans [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118354982
Author: Sinclair Bell,Alexandra A. Carpino
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A Companion to the Etruscans by Sinclair Bell,Alexandra A. Carpino Book Resume:

This new collection presents a rich selection of innovative scholarship on the Etruscans, a vibrant, independent people whose distinct civilization flourished in central Italy for most of the first millennium BCE and whose artistic, social and cultural traditions helped shape the ancient Mediterranean, European, and Classical worlds. Includes contributions from an international cast of both established and emerging scholars Offers fresh perspectives on Etruscan art and culture, including analysis of the most up-to-date research and archaeological discoveries Reassesses and evaluates traditional topics like architecture, wall painting, ceramics, and sculpture as well as new ones such as textile archaeology, while also addressing themes that have yet to be thoroughly investigated in the scholarship, such as the obesus etruscus, the function and use of jewelry at different life stages, Greek and Roman topoi about the Etruscans, the Etruscans’ reception of ponderation, and more Counters the claim that the Etruscans were culturally inferior to the Greeks and Romans by emphasizing fields where the Etruscans were either technological or artistic pioneers and by reframing similarities in style and iconography as examples of Etruscan agency and reception rather than as a deficit of local creativity

George Eliot

George Eliot [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3030106268
Author: Jean Arnold,Lila Marz Harper
Publisher: Springer
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George Eliot by Jean Arnold,Lila Marz Harper Book Resume:

This collection brings together new articles by leading scholars who reappraise George Eliot in her bicentenary year as an interdisciplinary thinker and writer for our times. Here, researchers, students, teachers and the general public gain access to new perspectives on Eliot’s vast interests and knowledge, informed by the nineteenth-century British culture in which she lived. Examining Eliot’s wide-ranging engagement with Victorian historical research, periodicals, poetry, mythology, natural history, realism, the body, gender relations, and animal studies, these essays construct an exciting new interdisciplinary agenda for future Eliot studies.

Women and Personal Property in the Victorian Novel

Women and Personal Property in the Victorian Novel [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1134772335
Author: Deborah Wynne
Publisher: Routledge
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Women and Personal Property in the Victorian Novel by Deborah Wynne Book Resume:

How key changes to the married women's property laws contributed to new ways of viewing women in society are revealed in Deborah Wynne's study of literary representations of women and portable property during the period 1850 to 1900. While critical explorations of Victorian women's connections to the material world have tended to focus on their relationships to commodity culture, Wynne argues that modern paradigms of consumerism cannot be applied across the board to the Victorian period. Until the passing of the 1882 Married Women's Property Act, many women lacked full property rights; evidence suggests that, for women, objects often functioned not as disposable consumer products but as cherished personal property. Focusing particularly on representations of women and material culture in Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Henry James, Wynne shows how novelists engaged with the vexed question of women's relationships to property. Suggesting that many of the apparently insignificant items that 'clutter' the Victorian realist novel take on new meaning when viewed through the lens of women's access to material culture and the vagaries of property law, her study opens up new possibilities for interpreting female characters in Victorian fiction and reveals the complex work of 'thing culture' in literary texts.

Writing Death and Absence in the Victorian Novel

Writing Death and Absence in the Victorian Novel [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137007036
Author: J. Zigarovich
Publisher: Springer
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Writing Death and Absence in the Victorian Novel by J. Zigarovich Book Resume:

This book asks why Brontë, Dickens, and Collins saw the narrative act as a series of textual murders and resurrections? Drawing on theorists such as Derrida, Blanchot, and de Man, Zigarovich maintains that narrating death was important to the understanding of absence, separation, and displacement in an industrial and destabilized culture.

The Evolutionary Imagination in Late-Victorian Novels

The Evolutionary Imagination in Late-Victorian Novels [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317032470
Author: John Glendening
Publisher: Routledge
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The Evolutionary Imagination in Late-Victorian Novels by John Glendening Book Resume:

Dominated by Darwinism and the numerous guises it assumed, evolutionary theory was a source of opportunities and difficulties for late Victorian novelists. Texts produced by Wells, Hardy, Stoker, and Conrad are exemplary in reflecting and participating in these challenges. Not only do they contend with evolutionary complications, John Glendening argues, but the complexities and entanglements of evolutionary theory, interacting with multiple cultural influences, thoroughly permeate the narrative, descriptive, and thematic fabric of each. All the books Glendening examines, from The Island of Doctor Moreau and Dracula to Heart of Darkness, address the interrelationship between order and chaos revealed and promoted by evolutionary thinking of the period. Glendening's particular focus is on how Darwinism informs novels in relation to a late Victorian culture that encouraged authors to stress, not objective truths illuminated by Darwinism, but rather the contingencies, uncertainties, and confusions generated by it and other forms of evolutionary theory.

Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction

Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137288655
Author: P. Bedore
Publisher: Springer
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Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction by P. Bedore Book Resume:

This book reveals subversive representations of gender, race and class in detective dime novels (1860-1915), arguing that inherent tensions between subversive and conservative impulses—theorized as contamination and containment—explain detective fiction's ongoing popular appeal to readers and to writers such as Twain and Faulkner.

Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women's Fiction

Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women's Fiction [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317147995
Author: Christine Bayles Kortsch
Publisher: Routledge
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Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women's Fiction by Christine Bayles Kortsch Book Resume:

In her immensely readable and richly documented book, Christine Bayles Kortsch asks us to shift our understanding of late Victorian literary culture by examining its inextricable relationship with the material culture of dress and sewing. Even as the Education Acts of 1870, 1880, and 1891 extended the privilege of print literacy to greater numbers of the populace, stitching samplers continued to be a way of acculturating girls in both print literacy and what Kortsch terms "dress culture." Kortsch explores nineteenth-century women's education, sewing and needlework, mainstream fashion, alternative dress movements, working-class labor in the textile industry, and forms of social activism, showing how dual literacy in dress and print cultures linked women writers with their readers. Focusing on Victorian novels written between 1870 and 1900, Kortsch examines fiction by writers such as Olive Schreiner, Ella Hepworth Dixon, Margaret Oliphant, Sarah Grand, and Gertrude Dix, with attention to influential predecessors like Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, and George Eliot. Periodicals, with their juxtaposition of journalism, fiction, and articles on dress and sewing are particularly fertile sites for exploring the close linkages between print and dress cultures. Informed by her examinations of costume collections in British and American museums, Kortsch's book broadens our view of New Woman fiction and its relationship both to dress culture and to contemporary women's fiction.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1513264133
Author: Frank L Baum
Publisher: Graphic Arts Books
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum Book Resume:

When a wild tornado hits Dorothy’s home in Kansas, she and her sidekick pup, Toto, wake up a very long way from home. Suddenly in a new and mysterious land, Dorothy and Toto must find their way through the enchanted land of Oz with the hopes of making it to the famous Emerald City. There, it is rumored that the magical Wizard of Oz is the only one who can grant them their wish of returning home. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has become one of the most well-known American stories of our time, inspiring its many readers that there is indeed, “no place like home.” Throughout her adventure, Dorothy meets a cast of unlikely characters to accompany her—a naive scarecrow, a heartless tinman, and a cowardly lion--as well as teach important lessons.. Despite her new friends’ shortcomings, Dorothy learns that she must cast aside her differences and work with them to reach the Emerald City and find Oz. Though the road is winding and uncertain, Dorothy’s only hope is to trust her new friends and follow the path before them.

Indian Writing in English and the Global Literary Market

Indian Writing in English and the Global Literary Market [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137437715
Author: O. Dwivedi,L. Lau
Publisher: Springer
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Indian Writing in English and the Global Literary Market by O. Dwivedi,L. Lau Book Resume:

Indian Writing in English and the Global Literary Market delves into the influences and pressures of the marketplace on this genre, which this volume contends has been both gatekeeper as well as a significant force in shaping the production and consumption of this literature.

Creating Identity in the Victorian Fictional Autobiography

Creating Identity in the Victorian Fictional Autobiography [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0826274064
Author: Heidi L. Pennington
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
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Creating Identity in the Victorian Fictional Autobiography by Heidi L. Pennington Book Resume:

This is the first book-length study of the fictional autobiography, a subgenre that is at once widely recognizable and rarely examined as a literary form with its own history and dynamics of interpretation. Heidi L. Pennington shows that the narrative form and genre expectations associated with the fictional autobiography in the Victorian period engages readers in a sustained meditation on the fictional processes that construct selfhood both in and beyond the text. Through close readings of Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, and other well-known examples of the subgenre, Pennington shows how the Victorian fictional autobiography subtly but persistently illustrates that all identities are fictions. Despite the subgenre’s radical implications regarding the nature of personal identity, fictional autobiographies were popular in their own time and continue to inspire devotion in readers. This study sheds new light on what makes this subgenre so compelling, up to and including in the present historical moment of precipitous social and technological change. As we continue to grapple with the existential question of what determines “who we really are,” this book explores the risks and rewards of embracing conscious acts of fictional self-production in an unstable world.

The Lost Jewels

The Lost Jewels [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0062882031
Author: Kirsty Manning
Publisher: HarperCollins
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The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning Book Resume:

From the author of The Song of the Jade Lily comes a thrilling story of a family secret that leads to a legendary treasure. Why would someone bury a bucket of precious jewels and gemstones and never return? Present Day. When respected American jewelry historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows she’s on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. But the trip to London forces Kate to explore secrets that have long been buried by her own family. Back in Boston, Kate has uncovered a series of sketches in her great-grandmother’s papers linking her suffragette great-grandmother Essie to the Cheapside collection. Could these sketches hold the key to Essie’s secret life in Edwardian London? In the summer of 1912, impoverished Irish immigrant Essie Murphy happens to be visiting her brother when a workman’s pickaxe strikes through the floor of an old tenement house in Cheapside, near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The workmen uncover a stash of treasure—from Ottoman pendants to Elizabethan and Jacobean gems—and then the finds disappear again! Could these jewels—one in particular—change the fortunes of Essie and her sisters? Together with photographer Marcus Holt, Kate Kirby chases the history of the Cheapside gems and jewels, especially the story of a small diamond champlevé enamel ring. Soon, everything Kate believes about her family, gemology, and herself will be threatened. Based on a fascinating true story, The Lost Jewels is a riveting historical fiction novel that will captivate readers from the beginning to the unforgettable, surprising end.

Sources of the Self

Sources of the Self [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0674257049
Author: Charles Taylor
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Sources of the Self by Charles Taylor Book Resume:

In this extensive inquiry into the sources of modern selfhood, Charles Taylor demonstrates just how rich and precious those resources are. The modern turn to subjectivity, with its attendant rejection of an objective order of reason, has led—it seems to many—to mere subjectivism at the mildest and to sheer nihilism at the worst. Many critics believe that the modern order has no moral backbone and has proved corrosive to all that might foster human good. Taylor rejects this view. He argues that, properly understood, our modern notion of the self provides a framework that more than compensates for the abandonment of substantive notions of rationality. The major insight of Sources of the Self is that modern subjectivity, in all its epistemological, aesthetic, and political ramifications, has its roots in ideas of human good. After first arguing that contemporary philosophers have ignored how self and good connect, the author defines the modern identity by describing its genesis. His effort to uncover and map our moral sources leads to novel interpretations of most of the figures and movements in the modern tradition. Taylor shows that the modern turn inward is not disastrous but is in fact the result of our long efforts to define and reach the good. At the heart of this definition he finds what he calls the affirmation of ordinary life, a value which has decisively if not completely replaced an older conception of reason as connected to a hierarchy based on birth and wealth. In telling the story of a revolution whose proponents have been Augustine, Montaigne, Luther, and a host of others, Taylor’s goal is in part to make sure we do not lose sight of their goal and endanger all that has been achieved. Sources of the Self provides a decisive defense of the modern order and a sharp rebuff to its critics.

Contemporary British Literature and Urban Space

Contemporary British Literature and Urban Space [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137429356
Author: K. Duff
Publisher: Springer
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Contemporary British Literature and Urban Space by K. Duff Book Resume:

Looking at writers such as Will Self, Hani Kureishi, JG Ballard, and Iain Sinclair, Kim Duff's new book examines contemporary British literature and its depiction of the city after the time of Thatcher and mass privatization. This lively study is an important and engaging work for students and scholars alike.

The Doll Factory

The Doll Factory [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1982111941
Author: Elizabeth Macneal
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal Book Resume:

In this “sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art, and obsession” (Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train), a beautiful young woman aspires to be an artist, while a man’s dark obsession may destroy her world forever. The Doll Factory is a sweeping tale of curiosity, love, and possession set among all the sordidness and soaring ambition of 1850s London. The greatest spectacle London has ever seen is being erected in Hyde Park and, among the crowd watching, two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist of unique beauty, it is the encounter of a moment—forgotten seconds later—but for Silas, a curiosity collector enchanted by the strange and beautiful, the meeting marks a new beginning. When Iris is asked to model for Pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint, and suddenly her world expands beyond anything she ever dreamed of. But she has no idea that evil stalks her. Silas, it seems, has thought of only one thing since that chance meeting, and his obsession is darkening by the day...

Written On The Body

Written On The Body [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0307363643
Author: Jeanette Winterson
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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Written On The Body by Jeanette Winterson Book Resume:

The most beguilingly seductive novel to date from the author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. Winterson chronicles the consuming affair between the narrator, who is given neither name nor gender, and the beloved, a complex and confused married woman.


Passing [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0814708617
Author: Maria C. Sanchez,Linda Schlossberg
Publisher: NYU Press
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Passing by Maria C. Sanchez,Linda Schlossberg Book Resume:

Passing for what you are not--whether it is mulattos passing as white, Jews passing as Christian, or drag queens passing as women--can be a method of protection or self-defense. But it can also be a uniquely pleasurable experience, one that trades on the erotics of secrecy and revelation. It is precisely passing's radical playfulness, the way it asks us to reconsider our assumptions and forces our most cherished fantasies of identity to self-destruct, that is centrally addressed in Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion. Identity in Western culture is largely structured around visibility, whether in the service of science (Victorian physiognomy), psychoanalysis (Lacan's mirror stage), or philosophy (the Panopticon). As such, it is charged with anxieties regarding classification and social demarcation. Passing wreaks havoc with accepted systems of social recognition and cultural intelligibility, blurring the carefully-marked lines of race, gender, and class. Bringing together theories of passing across a host of disciplines--from critical race theory and lesbian and gay studies, to literary theory and religious studies--Passing complicates our current understanding of the visual and categories of identity. Contributors: Michael Bronski, Karen McCarthy Brown, Bradley Epps, Judith Halberstam, Peter Hitchcock, Daniel Itzkovitz, Patrick O'Malley, Miriam Peskowitz, María C. Sánchez Linda Schlossberg, and Sharon Ullman.

The Awakening

The Awakening [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1681959399
Author: Kate Chopin
Publisher: Xist Publishing
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin Book Resume:

The Awakening by Kate Chopin from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.” ― Kate Chopin, The Awakening The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a masterpiece of early feminist fiction telling the story of a woman who finally decides to decide her own fate.


TO THE LIGHTHOUSE [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 8027235847
Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: e-artnow
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TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf Book Resume:

A landmark novel of high modernism, the text, which centres on the Ramsays and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, skillfully manipulates temporal and psychological elements. To the Lighthouse follows and extends the tradition of modernist novelists like Marcel Proust and James Joyce, where the plot is secondary to philosophical introspection, and the prose can be winding and hard to follow. The novel includes little dialogue and almost no action; most of it is written as thoughts and observations. The novel recalls childhood emotions and highlights adult relationships. Among the book's many tropes and themes are those of loss, subjectivity, and the problem of perception. To the Lighthouse is divided into three sections: "The Window," "Time Passes," and "The Lighthouse." Each section is fragmented into stream-of-consciousness contributions from various narrators. Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer who is considered one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair (1895)

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair (1895) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1473367123
Author: William Morris
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
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Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair (1895) by William Morris Book Resume:

This early work by William Morris was originally published in 1899 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. William Morris was born in London, England in 1834. Arguably best known as a textile designer, he founded a design partnership which deeply influenced the decoration of churches and homes during the early 20th century. However, he is also considered an important Romantic writer and pioneer of the modern fantasy genre, being a direct influence on authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. As well as fiction, Morris penned poetry and essays. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.