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Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature

 
 
 
 
Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Author: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
ISBN 13: 9780199269310
ISBN 10: 199269319
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2004-04-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $62.00
 
 

Questions of survival were much discussed during the nineteenth century, ranging from debates over the likelihood of a personal immortality, to anxieties over the more dispersed and unpredictable aftermath of particular acts and utterances. Victorian Afterlives sets out to recover this atmosphere, and to explain why its pressures are still being exercised on and in our own ways of thinking. Moving freely between different fields of inquiry (including literary criticism, philosophy, and the history of science), and written in a lively and accessible style, this major new study redraws the map of nineteenth-century culture to show what the Victorians made of one another, and what they might still help us make of ourselves.