Knowing the Past: Victorian Literature and Culture
To what extent is it possible to know the past or to know other cultures? Can one describe the past without imposing one's own cultural, political, social, or personal preconceptions? Testing the current skepticism that insists that it is impossible not to read one's own moment onto other times and cultures, the essays in this collection use the Victorian era as a means of developing a theory and critique of historical reclamation.In Knowing the Past, a distinguished group of Victorian scholars reflect on the Victorian past and examine the Victorians' own sophisticated contributions to debates about historical and cultural knowledge. Confronting, confirming, and opposing the skeptics, the essays provide close readings of particular texts. They encompass the larger constellation of ideas and questions that went into the making of the texts while participating in larger theoretical debates about knowledge of the past and other cultures.
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THEORIZING THE VICTORIANS
Seeing the Victorian Object as in Itself
The Golden Bough and the Unknowable
A New Epistemology
Walter Paters Impressionism and the Form of Historical
Arnold and the Authorization of Criticism
Aesthetics Ethics and Unreadable Acts in George Eliot
The Structure of Anxiety in Political Economy
Tracking the Sentimental Eye
Knowing and Telling in Dickenss Retrospects
William Lovetts Struggle
Edith SimcoxSat est vixisse?
Notes on Contributors