The Idea of the Clerisy in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Ben Knights
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521142496
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
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This book is about the development in nineteenth-century England of the idea of a secular intellectual elite - the 'clerisy'. These intellectuals wanted to free themselves from the pressures of material conditioning and be in touch with transcendent values. This elite would be capable of seeing and valuing the best in the national cultural heritage and raising the standard of intellectual life. Dr Knights considers five major writers who shared this concern: Coleridge, Carlyle, Matthew Arnold, J. S. Mill and J. H. Newman. He finds important similarities, arising out of shared problems and assumptions. The status of literary culture was still such that to many of its practitioners a 'clerisy' offered the only hope of reversing a trend towards cultural and social disintegration. Dr Knights goes on to examine the influence of the idea upon the reorganisation of university curricula in the latter part of the century.

Rabindranath Tagore's The Home and the World

A Critical Companion
Author: Pradip Kumar Datta
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1843310996
Category: History
Page: 204
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Designed as a companion to Rabindranath Tagore's 'Ghare-Baire' (The Home and the World), the ten essays of this volume cover the novel in terms of the complexity of colonial modernity. The book will be of great value and interest to those studying Indian literature, post-coloniality, gender representations and nationalism.

A Companion to American Art

Author: John Davis,Jennifer A. Greenhill,Jason D. LaFountain
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118542495
Category: Art
Page: 680
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A Companion to American Art presents 35 newly-commissioned essays by leading scholars that explore the methodology, historiography, and current state of the field of American art history. Features contributions from a balance of established and emerging scholars, art and architectural historians, and other specialists Includes several paired essays to emphasize dialogue and debate between scholars on important contemporary issues in American art history Examines topics such as the methodological stakes in the writing of American art history, changing ideas about what constitutes “Americanness,” and the relationship of art to public culture Offers a fascinating portrait of the evolution and current state of the field of American art history and suggests future directions of scholarship

Literature and Culture in Modern Britain

Volume Three: 1956 - 1999
Author: Clive Bloom,Gary Day
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317897528
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 302
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British culture has changed almost beyond recognition since 1956. Angry young men have been displaced by Yuppies, Elvis by the Spice Girls, and meat and two veg by continental cuisine. What is more, as the death of Diana, Princess of Wales showed, the British are now more famous for a trembling lower lip than a stiff upper one. This volume, the last in the series, examines the transformations in literature and culture over the last forty years. An introductory essay provides a context for the following chapters by arguing that although there have been significant changes in British life, there are also profound continuities. It also discusses the rise of 'theory' and its impact on the humanities. Each essay in the volume concentrates on a facet of British culture over the last half century from painting to poetry, from the seriousness of the novel to the postmodern ironies of the computing age. What we get from this selection is not only an informed history of the relations between literature and culture but also a lively sense of cultural change, not least of which is the new found relationship between literature and other arts which ushers us into the new millennium.

Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-century Periodical Press

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858
Author: Megan Coyer
Publisher: EUP
ISBN: 9781474431620
Page: 256
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The first major study of the relationship between Scottish Romanticism and medical culture In the early nineteenth century, Edinburgh was the leading centre of medical education and research in Britain. It also laid claim to a thriving periodical culture. Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press investigates how Romantic periodicals cultivated innovative literary forms, ideologies and discourses that reflected and shaped medical culture in the nineteenth century. It examines several medically-trained contributors to Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine , the most influential literary periodical of the time, and draws upon extensive archival and bibliographical research to reclaim these previously neglected medico-literary figures. Situating their work in relation to developments in medical and periodical culture, Megan Coyer's book advances our understanding of how the nineteenth-century periodical press cross-fertilised medical and literary ideas. Key Features Describes a distinctive Scottish medical culture of the Romantic-era and its synergistic relationship with literary culture Advances our understanding of the medical content of key periodicals of the nineteenth century Draws upon extensive archival and bibliographical research to reclaim several previously neglected medico-literary figures Examines the ideological roots of nineteenth-century popular medical writing

The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Author: Frederick Burwick
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191651095
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 784
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A practical and comprehensive reference work, the Oxford Handbook provides the best single-volume source of original scholarship on all aspects of Coleridge's diverse writings. Thirty-seven chapters, bringing together the wisdome of experts from across the world, present an authoritative, in-depth, and up-to-date assessment of a major author of British Romanticism. The book is divided into sections on Biography, Prose Works, Poetic Works, Sources and Influences, and Reception. The Coleridge scholar today has ready access to a range of materials previously available only in library archives on both sides of the Atlantic. The Bollingen edition, of the Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, forty years in production was completed in 2002. The Coleridge Notebooks (1957-2002) were also produced during this same period, five volumes of text with an additional five companion volumes of notes. The Clarendon Press of Oxford published the letters in six volumes (1956-1971). To take full advantage of the convenient access and new insight provided by these volumes, the Oxford Handbook examines the entire range and complexity of Coleridge's career. It analyzes the many aspects of Coleridge's literary, critical, philosophical, and theological pursuits, and it furnishes both students and advanced scholars with the proper tools for assimilating and illuminating Coleridge's rich and varied accomplishments, as well as offering an authoritative guide to the most up-to-date thinking about his achievements.

George Orwell

Author: Courtney T. Wemyss,Alexej Ugrinsky
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 204
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This collection of essays addresses a number of facets of George Orwell, examining both Orwell the man of letters and Orwell the political man. The less-recognized--and equally important--facets of George Orwell's works and impact on English culture presented in this collection will prove informative to Orwell specialists and to scholars of 20th-century English literature.

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope

Author: Joel Faflak,Jason Haslam
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442665750
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 304
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The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope brings together a number of winners of the Polanyi Prize in Literature – a group whose research constitutes a diversity of methodological approaches to the study of culture – to examine the rich but often troubled association between the concepts of the public, the intellectual (both the person and the condition), culture, and hope. The contributors probe the influence of intellectual life on the public sphere by reflecting on, analyzing, and re-imagining social and cultural identity. The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials – from foundational Enlightenment writings to contemporary, populist media spectacles – frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large. These serve to illuminate how past cultures can shed light on present and future issues, as well as how current debates can reframe our approaches to older subjects.

Literature, Journalism, and the Vocabularies of Liberalism

Politics and Letters, 1886-1916
Author: J. Macleod
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230391478
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 239
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This book examines the impact of the new liberalism on English literary discourse from the fin-de-siècle to World War One. It maps out an extensive network of journalists, men of letters and political theorists, showing how their shared political and literary vocabularies offer new readings of liberalism's relation to an emerging modernist culture.

Bourgeois Equality

How Ideas, Not Capital Or Institutions, Enriched the World
Author: Deirdre N. McCloskey
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022652793X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 768
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The last 200 years have witnessed a 100-fold leap in well-being. Deirdre McCloskey argues that most people today are stunningly better off than their forbearers were in 1800, and that the rest of humanity will soon be. A purely materialist, incentivist view of economic change does not explain this leap. We have now the third in McCloskey's three-volume opus about how bourgeois values transformed Europe. Volume 3 nails the case for that transfiguration, telling us how aristocratic virtues of hierarchy were replaced by bourgeois virtues (more precisely, by attitudes toward virtues) that made it possible for ordinary folk with novel ideas to change the way people, farmed, manufactured, traveled, ruled themselves, and fought. It is a dramatic story, and joins a dramatic debate opened up by Thomas Piketty in his best-selling Capital in the 21st Century. McCloskey insists that economists are far too preoccupied by capital and saving, arguing against the position (of Piketty and most others) that capital induces a tendency to get more, that money reproduces itself, that riches are created from riches. Not so, our intrepid McCloskey shows. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, among the biggest wealth accumulators in our era, didn't get rich through the magic of compound interest on capital. They got rich through intellectual property, creating billions of dollars from virtually nothing. Capital was no more important an ingredient to the original Apple or Microsoft than cookies or cucumbers. The debate is between those who think riches are created from riches versus those who, with McCloskey, think riches are created from rags, between those who see profits as a generous return on capital, or profits coming from innovation that ultimately benefits us all.

Muslim Religious Institutions in Imperial Russia

The Islamic World of Novouzensk District and the Kazakh Inner Horde, 1780-1910
Author: Allen J. Frank
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004119758
Category: History
Page: 341
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In this detailed study, Russia's rural Muslim religious institutions in the Volga-Ural region and the Kazakh steppe, during the imperial period, are examined. It is based on the Turkic manuscript history Tavarikh-i Alti Ata.

Political Intellectuals and Public Identities in Britain Since 1850

Author: Julia Stapleton
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719055119
Category: History
Page: 220
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This unique book examines the role of political intellectuals in Britain since 1850 in shaping the public identities of their societies and national identity. Julia Stapleton explores the writings and activities of a diverse range of figures. She also looks at the cultural anxieties and ideals which moved them, and their attempts to enhance their country's self-knowledge.

Nineteenth-century Literature

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: American literature
Page: N.A
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Contains articles which focus on a broad spectrum of significant figures in fiction, philosophy, and criticism such as Austen, Carlyle, Dickens,Thackeray, the Brontes, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Twain, and Henry James.


A Journal of Criticism & Theory
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: English literature
Page: N.A
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Public and Private Doctrine

Essays in British History Presented to Maurice Cowling
Author: Michael Bentley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521522175
Category: History
Page: 370
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Essays by a group of pupils, admirers and critics of the Cambridge historian Maurice Cowling.

Energy & Entropy

Science and Culture in Victorian Britain : Essays from Victorian Studies
Author: Patrick Brantlinger
Publisher: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
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"... important and admirable... " --Victorian Studies "... presents a good picture of many currents of thought that flowed through the Victorian mind, particularly those of a religious nature."--History "The overall standard of these essays is very high.... should win a deserved place upon our students' reading lists." --ISIS An outgrowth of a special issue of Victorian Studies, this volume has been expanded to include additional essays which broaden and enrich the collection, including essays on physics, mathematics, chemistry, economics, anthropology, and biology and how they influenced thought and literature in Victorian Britain.