Released on 2015-03-01Categories Social Science

Women and the Railway, 1850-1915

Women and the Railway, 1850-1915

Author: Anna Despotopoulou

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748676965

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 973

Examines cultural representations of women's experience of the railway in a period of heightened mobility Women's experiences of locomotion during a period of increased physical mobility and urbanisation are explored in this monograph. The 5 chapters analyse Victorian and early Modernist texts which concentrate on women in transit by train, including Wilkie Collins's No Name, George Meredith's Diana of the Crossways, Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, Henry James's The Spoils of Poynton and The Wings of the Dove, and stories by Rhoda Broughton, Margaret Oliphant, Charles Dickens and Katherine Mansfield. They highlight the tension between women's boundless physical, emotional, and sexual aspiration - often depicted as closely related to the freedom and speed of train travel - and Victorian gender ideology which constructed the spaces of the railway as geographies of fear or manipulation. Key features: The first full-length examination of texts by and about women which explore the railway as a gendered space within a British and European context Explores a variety of cultural discourses which deal with women and the railway: fiction, poetry, news stories and commentaries, essays, paintings, and philosophical writings Proposes a reconceptualization of the public/private binary
Released on 2015-03-31Categories History

Women and the Railway, 1850-1915

Women and the Railway, 1850-1915

Author: Anna Despotopoulou

Publisher:

ISBN: 0748676945

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 136

Examines cultural representations of women's experience of the railway in the nineteenth century Examining the representation of women in the spaces of the railway in literature and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book explores the extraordinary and unprecedented opportunities that the train offered women. An emblem of the conquest of national and imperial space and of the staggering advances of science and technology, the train gave women a taste of its omnipotence, eventually becoming a space of emancipation, transgression, and fear for women. The book brings together the sensation, mystery, realist, and early modernist railway narratives by female and male authors, analysing women's trajectories within and beyond the city and the nation, as urban passengers, travellers, tourists, and colonists. In texts by authors such as Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Margaret Oliphant, Rhoda Broughton, Mary Ward, Flora Annie Steel, and Mona Caird as well as Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy, and Henry James, the ambiguous space of the railway highlights the artificiality of the private/public divide, while giving rise to woman's impulse to traverse boundaries, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. In the novels, short stories in periodicals, news items and commentaries, essays, illustrations, and paintings examined, trains become contact zones of multiple encounters, battlefields of gender, class, and imperial ideology. Key features The first full-length examination of texts by and about women which explore the railway as a gendered space within a British, European and Imperial context Explores a variety of cultural discourses which deal with women and the railway: fiction, poetry, news stories and commentaries, essays, paintings and illustrations Concentrates on many understudied writers of the nineteenth century Includes 9 images to help illustrate the study Anna Despotopoulou is Associate Professor of English Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, where she teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century English fiction.
Released on 2021-08-11Categories Literary Criticism

The Rail, the Body and the Pen

The Rail, the Body and the Pen

Author: Brian Cowlishaw

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476642369

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 217

View: 885

Many of the best-known British authors of the 1800s were fascinated by the science and technology of their era. Dickens included spontaneous human combustion and "mesmerism" (hyptnotism) in his plots. Mary Shelley created the immortal Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his creature. H.G. Wells imagined the Time Machine, the Invisible Man, and invaders from Mars. Percy Shelley was as infamous at Oxford for his smelly experiments and for his atheism. This book of essays explores representations of technology in the work of various nineteenth-century British authors. Essays cluster around two important areas of innovation-- transportation and medicine. Each essay contributor accessibly maps out the places where art and science meet, detailing how these authors both affected and reflected the technological revolutions of their time.
Released on 2021-08-29Categories History

A World History of Railway Cultures, 1830-1930

A World History of Railway Cultures, 1830-1930

Author: Matthew D. Esposito

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351211833

Category: History

Page: 2985

View: 695

A World History of Railway Cultures, 1830-1930 is the first collection of primary sources to historicize the cultural impact of railways on a global scale from their inception in Great Britain to the Great Depression. Its dual purpose is to promote understanding of complex historical processes leading to globalization and generate interest in transnational and global comparative research on railways. In four volumes, organized by historical geography, this scholarly collection gathers rare out-of-print published and unpublished materials from archival and digital repositories throughout the world. It adopts a capsule approach that focuses on short selections of significant primary source content instead of redundant and irrelevant materials found in online data collections. The current collection draws attention to railway cultures through railroad reports, parliamentary papers, government documents, police reports, public health records, engineering reports, technical papers, medical surveys, memoirs, diaries, travel narratives, ethnographies, newspaper articles, editorials, pamphlets, broadsides, paintings, cartoons, engravings, photographs, art, ephemera, and passages from novels and poetry collections that shed light on the cultural history of railways. The editor’s original essays and headnotes on the cultural politics of railways introduce over 200 carefully selected primary sources. Students and researchers come to understand railways not as applied technological impositions of industrial capitalism but powerful, fluid, and idiosyncratic historical constructs.
Released on 2021-10-15Categories Transportation

Transnational Railway Cultures

Transnational Railway Cultures

Author: Benjamin Fraser

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789209198

Category: Transportation

Page: 250

View: 773

Since the advent of train travel, railways have compressed space and crossed national boundaries to become transnational icons, evoking hope, dread, progress, or obsolescence in different cultural domains. Spanning five continents and a diverse range of contexts, this collection offers an unprecedentedly broad survey of global representations of trains. From experimental novels to Hollywood blockbusters, the works studied here chart fascinating routes across a remarkably varied cultural landscape.
Released on 2017-04-28Categories Social Science

Gender, Technology and the New Woman

Gender, Technology and the New Woman

Author: Lena Wanggren

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474416276

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 809

This book examines late nineteenth-century feminism in relation to technologies of the time, marking the crucial role of technology in social and literary struggles for equality. The New Woman, the fin de siecle cultural archetype of early feminism, became the focal figure for key nineteenth-century debates concerning issues such as gender and sexuality, evolution and degeneration, science, empire and modernity. While the New Woman is located in the debates concerning the 'crisis in gender' or 'sexual anarchy' of the time, the period also saw an upsurge of new technologies of communication, transport and medicine. As this monograph demonstrates, literature of the time is inevitably caught up in this technological modernity: technologies such as the typewriter, the bicycle, and medical technologies, through literary texts come to work as freedom machines, as harbingers of female emancipation.
Released on 2017-10-04Categories Social Science

Self-Harm in New Woman Writing

Self-Harm in New Woman Writing

Author: Alexandra Gray

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474417693

Category: Social Science

Page: 237

View: 662

Self-Harm in New Woman Writing offers a trans-disciplinary study of Victorian literature, culture and medicine through engagement with the recurrent trope of self-harm in writing by and about the British New Woman.
Released on 2019-04-25Categories Literary Criticism

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Author: Jessica Cox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781137471727

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

View: 251

Since the establishment of sensation fiction in the 1860s, key trends have emerged in critical readings of these texts. From Victorian responses emphasising the 'lowbrow' or potentially dangerous qualities of the genre to the prolific critical attention of the present day, this Reader's Guide identifies the dominant approaches to sensation fiction and charts the critical trends of various scholarly evaluations and interpretations. With coverage spanning empire, class, sexuality and adaptation, this is the ideal companion for students of Victorian Literature looking for an introduction to the key debates surrounding sensation fiction.
Released on 2022Categories Electronic books

Rethinking Secular Time in Victorian England

Rethinking Secular Time in Victorian England

Author: Stefan Fisher-Høyrem

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783031092855

Category: Electronic books

Page: 240

View: 463

This open access book draws on conceptual resources ranging from medieval scholasticism to postmodern theory to propose a new understanding of secular time and its mediation in nineteenth-century technological networks. Untethering the concept of secularity from questions of religion and belief, it offers an innovative rethinking of the history of secularisation that will appeal to students, scholars, and everyone interested in secularity, Victorian culture, the history of technology, and the temporalities of modernity. Stefan Fisher-Hyrem (PhD) is a historian and Senior Academic Librarian at the University of Agder, Norway.
Released on 2016-07-31Categories History

London's Underground Spaces

London's Underground Spaces

Author: Haewon Hwang

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748676095

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 948

This study explores how writers such as Charles Dickens, George Gissing, Bram Stoker and Mary Elizabeth Braddon negotiated the dirt and messiness of underground spaces and how, in spite of the transformation of London through underground sewers, undergrou
Released on 2013-03-14Categories Literary Criticism

Roomscape

Roomscape

Author: Susan David Bernstein

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748681617

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 818

Examines the Reading Room of the British Museum using documentary, theoretical, historical, and literary sources Roomscape explores a specific site - the Reading Room of the British Museum - as a space of imaginative potential in relation to the emergence of modern women writers in Victorian and early twentieth-century London. Drawing on archival materials, Roomscape is the first study to integrate documentary, historical, and literary sources to examine the significance of this space and its resources for women who wrote translations, poetry, and fiction. This book challenges an assessment of the Reading Room of the British Museum as a bastion of class and gender privilege, an image established by Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Roomscape also questions the value of privacy and autonomy in constructions of female authorship. Rather than viewing reading and writing as solitary, Roomscape investigates the public, social, and spatial dimensions of literary production. The implications of this study reach into the current digital era and its transformations of practices of reading, writing, and archiving. Along with an appendix of notable readers at the British Museum from the last two centuries, the book contributes to scholarship on George Eliot, Amy Levy, Eleanor Marx, Clementina Black, Constance Black Garnett, Christina Rossetti, Mathilde Blind, and Virginia Woolf.
Released on 2018-03-12Categories Literary Criticism

Danger and Vulnerability in Nineteenth-century American Literature

Danger and Vulnerability in Nineteenth-century American Literature

Author: Jennifer Travis

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498563420

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 175

View: 897

Why, he asks, does it seem easier for humanity to imagine a future shaped by ever-deadlier accidents than a decent future? Danger and Vulnerability in Nineteenth Century American Literature; or, Crash and Burn American invites readers to examine the “threat horizon” through its nascent expression in literary and cultural history. Against the emerging rhetoric of danger in the long nineteenth century, this book examines how a vocabulary of vulnerability in the American imaginary promoted the causes of the structurally disempowered in new and surprising ways, often seizing vulnerability as the grounds for progressive insight. The texts at the heart of this study, from nineteenth-century sensation novels to early twentieth-century journalistic fiction, imagine spectacular collisions, terrifying conflagrations, and all manner of catastrophe, social, political, and environmental. Together they write against illusions of inviolability in a growing technological and managerial culture, and they imagine how the recognition of universal vulnerability may challenge normative representations of social, political, and economic marginality.