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

By Martin Hewitt

The Age of Equipoise via W.L Burn used to be released in 1964 and have become a critical textual content within the canon of interpretations of the Victorian interval. The booklet therefore fell out of favour yet contemporary claims to set up a brand new interpretative regular have, satirically, caused reviewers to forged again to Burn's paintings because the orthodox ordinary opposed to which such claims may be judged. The essays during this quantity by way of British and American participants all have interaction, to various levels, with the thought of 'equipoise' and the way it may possibly aid to light up the mid-Victorian interval in methods which substitute formulations can't. the various chapters enhance arguments embedded in Burn's personal ebook; others take in concerns mostly absent within the Age of Equipoise, resembling the placement of youngsters, Britain's interplay with the broader international, and the threats the interval skilled to its idea of masculine id. jointly the essays exhibit the intricacy and turbulence of the forces of harmony in Victorian society, in addition to the good fortune of that tradition achieve a operating, if moving, 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 feel of mid-Victorian Britain. concerning 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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