An Age of Equipoise? Reassessing mid-Victorian Britain by Martin Hewitt

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By Martin Hewitt

The Age of Equipoise via W.L Burn was once released in 1964 and have become a relevant textual content within the canon of interpretations of the Victorian interval. The publication accordingly fell out of favour yet contemporary claims to set up a brand new interpretative normal have, satirically, triggered reviewers to solid again to Burn's paintings because the orthodox regular opposed to which such claims could be judged. The essays during this quantity via British and American participants all have interaction, to various levels, with the suggestion of 'equipoise' and the way it will possibly support to light up the mid-Victorian interval in methods which substitute formulations can't. the various chapters improve arguments embedded in Burn's personal publication; others absorb matters mostly absent within the Age of Equipoise, similar to the location of kids, Britain's interplay with the broader global, and the threats the interval skilled to its thought of masculine identification. jointly the essays reveal the intricacy and turbulence of the forces of team spirit in Victorian society, besides the good fortune of that tradition achieve a operating, if transferring, modus vivendi. additionally, they substantiate the argument that, regardless of the barriers of Burn's paintings, 'equipoise' merits rehabilitation as a strong conceptual framework for making experience of mid-Victorian Britain. in regards to the Editor: Martin Hewitt is Director of the Leeds Centre for Victorian stories and editor of the magazine of Victorian tradition. With Robert Poole he has lately produced an variation of The Diaries of Samuel Bamford, 1858-61 (Sutton, 2000).

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