Chapter 1. Victorian Hard Wiring

  1. Philip Davis

Published Online: 19 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304619.ch1

Why Victorian Literature Still Matters

Why Victorian Literature Still Matters

How to Cite

Davis, P. (2008) Victorian Hard Wiring, in Why Victorian Literature Still Matters, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304619.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 19 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135788

Online ISBN: 9781444304619



  • Feeling for the Victorian “bump”;
  • Victorian Hard Wiring;
  • Mrs Thatcher and what she called as “Victorian values”;
  • for the Victorian - the first great age of nation-wide reading;
  • Matthew Arnold's - it mattered not only that a person read every day but what the person read every day;
  • Mill's - challenge to experiential authority of so-called natural feeling;
  • increased awareness of psychology - the inner drama of a Victorian story;
  • J. A. Froude's The Nemesis of Faith;
  • Victorians and underlying moral code of human purposiveness