Chapter 1. “The Times are Unexampled”: Literature in the Age of Machinery, 1830–1850

  1. James Eli Adams

Published Online: 6 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305944.ch1

A History of Victorian Literature

A History of Victorian Literature

How to Cite

Adams, J. E. (2009) “The Times are Unexampled”: Literature in the Age of Machinery, 1830–1850, in A History of Victorian Literature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305944.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631220824

Online ISBN: 9781444305944

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Keywords:

  • literature in the Age of Machinery, 1830–1850;
  • constructing the Man of Letters;
  • Carlyle launching - searching critique of liberal individualism;
  • Carlyle's struggle for a new belief - focus of his greatest work;
  • burdens of poetry - poetry disparaged by evangelicals and Benthamites;
  • increasing association of poetry with women and femininity;
  • theatrical glory in 1830s - perplexing;
  • fiction in the early 1830s - most important literary career of Victorian era;
  • novel of development - assured sense of identity grounded in new forms of belief;
  • art, politics, and faith

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Constructing the Man of Letters

  • The Burdens of Poetry

  • Theater in the 1830s

  • Fiction in the Early 1830s

  • Dickens and the Forms of Fiction

  • Poetry after the Annuals

  • Literature of Travel

  • History and Heroism

  • Social Crisis and the Novel

  • The Domestic Ideal

  • From Silver-Fork to Farce

  • Poetry in the Early 1840s

  • The Literature of Labor

  • Medievalism

  • “The Two Nations”

  • “What's Money After All?”

  • Romance and Religion

  • The Novel of Development

  • Art, Politics, and Faith

  • In Memoriam