Labyrinths of Deceit: Culture, Modernity and Identity in the Nineteenth Century

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Liverpool University Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 339 pages
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Prominent citizens in nineteenth-century England believed themselves to be living in a time of unstoppable progress. Yet running just beneath Victorian triumphalism were strong currents of chaos and uncertainty. Richard Walker plumbs the depths of those undercurrents in order to present an alternative history of nineteenth-century society. Mining literary and philosophical works of the period, Walker explores the crisis of identity that beset nineteenth-century thinkers and how that crisis revealed itself in portrayals of addiction, split personalities, and religious mania. Victorian England will never look the same.
 

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Contents

Part I
27
Part II
117
Alfred Tennysons St Simeon Stylites
124
5
137
Gerard Manley Hopkinss Terrible Sonnets
175
Introduction
193
Thomas De Quinceys
203
Alfred Tennysons
226
Bram Stokers infected capital
256
Ghostscript
284
Notes
293
Bibliography
323
Index
331
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Richard J. Walker is a senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Central Lancashire.

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