Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society

A contribution both to Surtees studies and to Victorian social history, this is the first study to put Surtees' opinions and sentiments in an historical rather than a literary context.

Author: Emeritus Professor of History Norman Gash

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: UOM:39015033088819

Category: History

Page: 424

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A contribution both to Surtees studies and to Victorian social history, this is the first study to put Surtees' opinions and sentiments in an historical rather than a literary context. It uses historical evidence to provide a background for Surtees' novels, and uses his writings to enlarge the purely historical evidence. While the traditional concentration of social historians has been on urban life, industrialization, and social reform, Surtees' more conservative world of the countryside, small provincial towns, and the seedier side of London would have been familiar to the majority of his countrymen.

The Fox Hunting Controversy 1781 2004

See Bonnie Rayford Neumann, Robert Smith Surtees (Boston, 1978); John Welcome, The Sporting World of R.S. Surtees (Oxford, 1982); Norman Gash, Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society (Oxford, 1993) and Gash's entry for Surtees in the ...

Author: Allyson N. May

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317031383

Category: History

Page: 268

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August 1781 saw the publication of a manual on fox hunting that would become a classic of its genre. Hugely popular in its own day, Peter Beckford's Thoughts on Hunting is often cited as marking the birth of modern hunting and continues to be quoted from affectionately today by the hunting fraternity. Less stressed is the fact that its subject was immediately controversial, and that a hostile review which appeared on the heels of the manual's publication raised two criticisms of fox hunting that would be repeated over the next two centuries: fox hunting was a cruel sport and a feudal, anachronistic one at that. This study explores the attacks made on fox hunting from 1781 to the legal ban achieved in 2004, as well as assessing the reasons for its continued appeal and post-ban survival. Chapters cover debates in the areas of: class and hunting; concerns over cruelty and animal welfare; party politics; the hunt in literature; and nostalgia. By adopting a thematic approach, the author is able to draw out the wider social and cultural implications of the debates, and to explore what they tell us about national identity, social mores and social relations in modern Britain.

The Mid Victorian Generation

CHAPTER I The Agrarian Interest I. AGRICULTURAL UPS AND DOWNS Mid - Victorians were less dominated by the aristocracy ... of Surtees as , indeed , a ' very un - Victorian man ' , see N. Gash , Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society ...

Author: K. Theodore Hoppen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192543974

Category: History

Page: 787

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This, the third volume to appear in the New Oxford History of England, covers the period from the repeal of the Corn Laws to the dramatic failure of Gladstone's first Home Rule Bill. In his magisterial study of the mid-Victorian generation, Theodore Hoppen identifies three defining themes. The first he calls `established industrialism' - the growing acceptance that factory life and manufacturing had come to stay. It was during these four decades that the balance of employment shifted irrevocably. For the first time in history, more people were employed in industry than worked on the land. The second concerns the `multiple national identities' of the constituent parts of the United Kingdom. Dr Hoppen's study of the histories of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Empire reveals the existence of a variety of particular and overlapping national traditions flourishing alongside the increasingly influential structure of the unitary state. The third defining theme is that of `interlocking spheres' which the author uses to illuminate the formation of public culture in the period. This, he argues, was generated not by a series of influences operating independently from each other, but by a variety of intermeshed political, economic, scientific, literary and artistic developments. This original and authoritative book will define these pivotal forty years in British history for the next generation.

Rudyard Kipling

Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), 40,41. If Kipling found Surtees a kinsman because of his pessimism, he discovered much to admire in the older author's ability to create three dimensional ...

Author: W. Dillingham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781403978684

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 383

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VictorianStudies on theWebCritics Choice!Rudyard Kipling: Hell and Heroism is an exploration of two fundamental yet greatly neglected aspects of the author's life and writings: his deep-seated pessimism and his complex creed of heroism. The method of the book is both biographical and critical. Biographically, it traces the roots of Kipling's dark worldview and his search for something to believe in, a way of thinking and acting in defiance of life's hellishness. There matters were more basic to him than any of his social or political opinions, but this the first full-length study devoted to them. Critically, the book takes a fresh and close look at some of Kipling's most important works. The result challenges long established assumptions and amounts to a major reconsideration of novels like Kim and stories like "Mary Postgate" and "The Gardener." Central in these discussions of individual writings is Kipling's concern with the heroic life, but of equal importance is the analysis and evaluation of them as works of art. Avoiding the tangled and special language of some recent literary theory, this will appeal to a wide audience of those interested in Kipling's mind and art.

Wellington Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace 1814 1852

A Study of Military Aid to the Civil Power in Regency England (privately published, 1982) Franklin, Robert, ... The Life of Sir Robert Peel to 1830 (London, Longmans, 1961) ——, Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society (Oxford, ...

Author: Rory Muir

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300214048

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 728

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The preeminent Wellington biographer presents a fascinating reassessment of the Duke’s most famous victory and his political career after Waterloo. The Duke of Wellington’s momentous victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo was the culminating point of a brilliant military career. Yet Wellington’s achievements were far from over. He commanded the allied army of occupation in France to the end of 1818, returned home to a seat in Lord Liverpool’s cabinet, and became prime minister in 1828. He later served as a senior minister in Robert Peel’s government and remained Commander-in-Chief of the Army for a decade until his death in 1852. In this richly detailed work, the second and concluding volume of Rory Muir’s definitive biography, the author offers a substantial reassessment of Wellington’s significance as a politician and a nuanced view of the private man behind the legendary hero. Muir presents new insights into Wellington’s determination to keep peace at home and abroad, achieved by maintaining good relations with the Continental powers, resisting radical agitation, and granting political equality to the Catholics in Ireland. Countering one-dimensional image of Wellington as a national hero, Muir paints a nuanced portrait of a man whose austere public demeanor belied his entertaining, gossipy, generous, and unpretentious private self.

Six Centuries of Foxhunting

... 292 Robert Smith Surtees (Cuming), 357 Robert Smith Surtees (Neumann), 266 Robert Smith Surtees (Ray), 300 Robert Smith Surtees (Watson), 399 Robert Smith Surtees: Creator of Jorrocks, 357 Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society, ...

Author: M. L. Biscotti

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442241909

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 528

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This comprehensive bibliography is a compilation of foxhunting literature produced in Great Britain and the United States. Arranged alphabetically by author, nearly every entry is annotated and features details such as place and year of publication, publisher, book size, page count, illustrations, and binding.

Imagining Soldiers and Fathers in the Mid Victorian Era

Firth, C.H., Historical Novels (Historical Association Leaflet, No. 51, 1922). Fletcher, Sheila, Victorian Girls. ... Gash, Norman, Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993). Gay, Peter, 'The Manliness ...

Author: Susan Walton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351156028

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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Beginning with the premise that women's perceptions of manliness are crucial to its construction, Susan Walton focuses on the life and writings of Charlotte Yonge as a prism for understanding the formulation of masculinities in the Victorian period. Yonge was a prolific writer whose bestselling fiction and extensive journalism enjoyed a wide readership. Walton situates Yonge's work in the context of her family connections with the army, showing that an interlocking of worldly and spiritual warfare was fundamental to Yonge's outlook. For Yonge, all good Christians are soldiers, and Walton argues persuasively that the medievalised discourse of sanctified violence executed by upright moral men that is often connected with late nineteenth-century Imperialism began earlier in the century, and that Yonge's work was one major strand that gave it substance. Of significance, Yonge also endorsed missionary work, which she viewed as an extension of a father's duties in the neighborhood and which was closely allied to a vigorous promotion of refashioned Tory paternalism. Walton's study is rich in historical context, including Yonge's connections with the Tractarians, the effects of industrialization, and Britain's Imperial enterprises. Informed by extensive archival scholarship, Walton offers important insights into the contradictory messages about manhood current in the mid-nineteenth century through the works of a major but undervalued Victorian author.

Victorian Fiction and the Cult of the Horse

Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society (Oxford, 1993). Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, ed. Alan Horsman (Oxford, 1966), pp. 346¥8. References to Dombey and Son within this chapter are to this volume and are given in the text as DS, ...

Author: Gina M. Dorré

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351875899

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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The horse was essential to the workings of Victorian society, and its representations, which are vast, ranging, and often contradictory, comprise a vibrant cult of the horse. Examining the representational, emblematic, and rhetorical uses of horses in a diversity of nineteenth-century texts, Gina M. Dorré shows how discourses about horses reveal and negotiate anxieties related to industrialism and technology, constructions of gender and sexuality, ruptures in the social fabric caused by class conflict and mobility, and changes occasioned by national "progress" and imperial expansion. She argues that as a cultural object, the horse functions as a repository of desire and despair in a society rocked by astonishing social, economic, and technological shifts. While representations of horses abound in Victorian fiction, Gina M. Dorré's study focuses on those novels by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Braddon, Anna Sewell, and George Moore that engage with the most impassioned controversies concerning horses and horse-care, such as the introduction of the steam engine, popular new methods of horse-taming, debates over the tight-reining of horses, and the moral furor surrounding gambling at the race track. Her book establishes the centrality of the horse as a Victorian cultural icon and explores how through it, dominant ideologies of gender and class are created, promoted, and disrupted.

The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens

MWT Gash, Norman, Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society (1993). Swift, Jonathan (1667—1745), satirist, pamphleteer, and poet. Undoubtedly his most popular work remains Gulliver's Travels (1726), a satire which begins with a ship's ...

Author: Paul Schlicke

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199640188

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 675

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First published 1999 under different title.