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The Victorian Studies Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Kelly Boyd, Rohan McWilliam


464 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415355797
pub: 2007-04-23
Hardback: 9780415355780
pub: 2007-04-27

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Selected as an 'Outstanding Academic Title' in the 2008 CHOICE awards, The Victorian Studies Reader gathers together, in one volume, some of the key pieces on Victorian history, society and culture. The book draws on new trends in looking at the Victorian Age and includes sections on:

  • periodization
  • politics
  • consumerism
  • intellectual life
  • sexuality
  • empire.

The Victorian Studies Reader is a rich resource, essential for all those studying this important period of history.


"For Victorianists, this is a welcome collection of significant articles or book excerpts written after 1980 that reflect important trends in broader interdisciplinary Victorian studies. … This is a book to educate (and update) both students and professors, who are likely to keep returning to it." -- CHOICE April 2008 Vol. 45 (P.T. Smith, Saint Joseph's University)

Table of Contents

1. Rethinking the Victorians 2. Periodization 3. Economy 4. Consumerism and Material Culture 5. Society and Class 6. Space 7. Politics High and Low 8. Morality 9. Intellectual History 10. Religion 11. Science 12. Gender 13. Sexuality 14. Monarchy 15. Race, Empire and National Identity

About the Editors

Kelly Boyd teaches at the University of London. She edited the Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing (1999) and is the author of Manliness and the Boys’ Story Paper in Britain: A Cultural History, 1855-1940 (2003).

Rohan McWilliam is Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University and author of Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century England (1998) and The Tichborne Claimant: A Victorian Sensation (2007).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / General