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Reade, Charles

Beth Palmer

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2012-04-24

Charles ReadeIntroductionCharles Reade (b. 1814–d. 1884) entered into the Victorian cultural scene through theatrical adaptations, original dramatic w...

Realism

Matthew Beaumont, Anna Despotopoulou

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2013-02-26

Realism Introduction “The concept of verisimilitude is no longer fashionable,” admitted Tzvetan Todorov in 1968. From roughly the late 1960s t...

Reynolds, G. W. M.

Anne Humpherys

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

G. W. M. ReynoldsIntroductionGeorge William Macarthur Reynolds (b. 1814–d. 1879) was at his death labeled “the most popular writer of our time” by the...

Robins, Elizabeth

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Alexandra Paddock

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2019-05-29

Elizabeth RobinsIntroductionElizabeth Robins (b. 1862–d. 1952) was an American actress, novelist, playwright, short story author, suffragist campaigne...

Rossetti, Christina

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

Christina Rossetti Introduction Christina Georgina Rossetti (b. 1830–d. 1894) was a major Victorian poet, arguably the best of the Pre-Raphaelite...

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

Sophia Andres

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2014-05-29

Dante Gabriel RossettiIntroductionDante Gabriel Rossetti—major founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, leader of the Aesthetic movement, a key infl...

Ruskin, John

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

John Ruskin Introduction Best known as a theorist, critic, and historian of visual culture, John Ruskin (1819–1900) wrote prolifically and infl...

Satire

Muireann O’Cinneide

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Satire Introduction Victorian literature is not generally notable for satire as a distinct form, but it was an important aspect of the writing...

Science

Alice Jenkins

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

Science Introduction The study of literature and science does more than trace the “literature in science” and the “science in literature.” It pro...

Sentimentality

Kirstie Blair, Eliza O'Brien

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

Sentimentality Introduction The nature and status of sentimentality is widely contested, though most critics would agree that the adjective “sent...

Serialization

Susan Bernstein, Julia Chavez

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2013-07-24

Serialization ...

Sexuality

Pamela K. Gilbert

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

Sexuality Introduction One challenge for a scholar working in this field is to know exactly what the field is. Once past the question of reproduc...

Silver Fork Novel (Fashionable Novel)

Tamara Wagner

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2014-07-30

Silver Fork Novel (Fashionable Novel)IntroductionThe silver fork novel, or novel of fashionable highlife, was a popular subgenre of 19th-century Engli...

Sincerity

Anna Barton

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

Sincerity Introduction Sincerity is a term that is associated both with Victorian formulations of cultural and moral value and with 20th- and 21st-c...

Slavery and Antislavery

Katie McGettigan

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2018-11-29

Slavery and AntislaveryIntroductionQueen Victoria’s ascent to the throne coincided with the abolition of slavery (in law, if not in practice) in the m...

Social-Problem Novel

Bethan Carney

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2015-01-15

Social-Problem NovelIntroduction“Social-problem novels” (also known as “industrial,” “social,” or “condition-of-England” novels) are a group of mid-19...

Sonnet

Josie Billington

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2013-06-25

SonnetIntroductionThe sonnet was one of the most popular and significant poetic forms of the Victorian period. Most closely associated with the litera...

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Glenda Norquay

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2012-11-21

Robert Louis Stevenson Introduction Robert Louis Stevenson (b. 1850–d. 1894) was born in Scotland and died in Samoa at the end of a life of tr...

Supernatural, The

Rosario Arias

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2020-07-29

The SupernaturalIntroductionThe supernatural was an important aspect of Victorian society. It pervaded all forms of art and science, as well as Victor...

Swinburne, A.C.

Rikky Rooksby

Subject: Victorian Literature »

Date Added: 2012-03-23

A. C. SwinburneIntroductionAlgernon Charles Swinburne (b. 1837–d. 1909) was a major Victorian poet and critic, as well as a central figure in the spre...

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