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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, and Dedication
  2. pp. i-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Knowing the Victorians
  2. Suzy Anger
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. I. Theorizing the Victorians
  1. 1. Text vs. Hypertext: Seeing the Victorian Object as in Itself It Really Is
  2. Gerhard Joseph
  3. pp. 25-31
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  1. 2. The Golden Bough and the Unknowable
  2. Christopher Herbert
  3. pp. 32-51
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  1. 3. Daniel Deronda: A New Epistemology
  2. George Levine
  3. pp. 52-74
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  1. II. Victorians Theorizing
  1. 4. Walter Pater's Impressionism and the Form of Historical Revival
  2. Carolyn Williams
  3. pp. 77-99
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  1. 5. Arnold and the Authorization of Criticism
  2. Herbert F. Tucker
  3. pp. 100-120
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  1. 6. Aesthetics, Ethics, and Unreadable Acts in George Eliot
  2. Jonathan Loesberg
  3. pp. 121-148
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  1. III. Continuities
  1. 7. The Structure of Anxiety in Political Economy and Hard Times
  2. Mary Poovey
  3. pp. 151-171
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  1. 8. How to Be a Benefactor without Any Money: The Chill of Welfare in Great Expectations
  2. Bruce Robbins
  3. pp. 172-191
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  1. 9. Tracking the Sentimental Eye
  2. Judith Stoddart
  3. pp. 192-212
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  1. IV. Victorian Meanings
  1. 10. Knowing and Telling in Dickens's Retrospects
  2. Rosemarie Bodenheimer
  3. pp. 215-233
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  1. 11. Inside the Shark's Mouth: William Lovett's Struggle for Political Language
  2. Margery Sabin
  3. pp. 234-251
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  1. 12. Knowing a Life: Edith Simcox—Sat est vixisse?
  2. Gillian Beer
  3. pp. 252-266
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-280
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501720635
Related ISBN
9780801438844
MARC Record
OCLC
1080551660
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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