JVC

Review of Muireann O’Cinneide, Aristocratic Women and the Literary Nation, 1832-1867

Aristocratic Women and the Literary Nation, 1832-1867 by Muireann O’Cinneide, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, vii + 241 pp., ₤45 (hardback), ISBN 0-230-54670-6 What would Victorian fiction be without the aristocratic woman? Everyone loves to hate her. Although more trendy recent criticism has spotlighted the wild colonial woman as foil for the Victorian heroine, the aristocratic woman has a longer villainous pedigree. As far back as Richardson’s Pamela, she did her best to wreck the heroine’s happiness. Beautiful, willful, selfish,

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Review of Francis O’Gorman (ed.), Victorian Literature and Finance

Victorian Literature and Finance, edited by Francis O’Gorman, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, xii + 201 pp., £56 (hardback), ISBN 978 0 19 928192 3 At the end of nearly every year from 1998 through 2006, a period encompassing the swelling and bursting of one speculative bubble and the inflation of another, the New York Times awarded its Augustus Melmotte Memorial Prizes for particularly memorable “financial flubs and feats” from the preceding twelve months. The “feats” tend toward the jaw-dropping.

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Review of David Amigoni, Colonies, Cults and Evolution: Literature, Science and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Writing

Colonies, Cults and Evolution: Literature, Science and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Writing by David Amigoni, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, xi + 237 pp., £50 (hardback) ISBN 978 0 521 88458 7 The interdisciplinary relations between Victorian literature and evolutionary science have perhaps rarely commanded more interest and attention than now, in a year which sees the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. That David Amigoni’s book offers a fresh and

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Review of Anne Isba, Gladstone and Dante and Ruth Clayton Windscheffel, Reading Gladstone

Gladstone and Dante by Anne Isba (Suffolk: Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series Volume 49, Boydell and Brewer, 2006), xi + 155 pp, £45 (hardback), ISBN 086 193 2773 Reading Gladstone by Ruth Clayton Windscheffel, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, xvi + 330 pp., illustrated, £55 (hardback), ISBN 978 0 230 00765 9. In his second-hand copy of Erasmus’s Colloquia, William Ewart Gladstone found the previous owner’s inscription: ‘Samuel Powell Purser bought this book on the 11th day of

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Susan Schuyler, ‘Crowds, Fenianism, and the Victorian Stage’

In her essay forthcoming in JVC issue 16.2, Susan Schuyler analyzes two Irish rebellion-themed plays in context of the growth of Fenianism in the months preceding the Clerkenwell explosion. The melodramatic dramas Oonagh; or the Lovers of Lisnamona (Her Majesty’s, 1866) and Achora Machree; or Gems of Ould Ireland (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1867) reveal the ways that popular theatre participated in a wider public discussion about what was seen as the modern phenomenon of the crowd. Produced on the eve of one

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Review of Jeffrey A. Auerbach and Peter H. Hoffenberg (eds.) Britain, the Empire and the World at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and Paul Young, Globalization and the Great Exhibition: The Victorian New World Order

Britain, the Empire, and the World at the Great Exhibition of 1851, edited by Jeffrey A. Auerbach and Peter H. Hoffenberg, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, 238 pp., illustrated, £55 (hardback) ISBN 9780754662410, US$99.95 (e-book) ISBN 9780754692310 Globalization and the Great Exhibition. The Victorian New World Order by Paul Young, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 239 pp., £45 (hardback) ISBN 9780230520752 The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations was held in 1851 in a vast temporary iron and glass

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Review of Michael Sanders, The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History

The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History by Michael Sanders, Cambridge University Press, 2009, 299 pp., £50 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-521-89918-5 Michael Sanders announced that The Poetry of Chartism was in the pipeline in a full-page article in The Guardian in March 2007. This was tremendous publicity for the poets of Chartism, even if the article gave the somewhat unfortunate impression that Sanders was a solitary explorer of the unfathomed caverns of Chartist verse. As Sanders acknowledges in his second chapter,

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Book Reviews (15.3)

Helen Brookman on Gail Marshall’s Shakespeare and Victorian Women (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2009) and Clare Broome Saunders’sWomen Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). To read the full review, visit http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1355%2d5502&volume=15&issue=3&spage=402. Gavin Budge on Mary Poovey’s Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain (Chicago, IL: Chicago UP, 2008). To read the full review, visit http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1355%2d5502&volume=15&issue=3&spage=406. Grace Moore on Radhika Mohanram’s Imperial White: Race, Diaspora and the British Empire (Minneapolis, MN: University

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