Addressing the concept of writing, this volume seeks to re-examine a range of issues and themes arising out of the Victorian period. Coverage includes: the Victorian preoccupation with ancestry, tradition and geographical expansion; Victorian views of the "natural " landscape, of science, gender, and of the artist; suburbia and the rise of a new middle class; and the representation of opium in Victorian writing. The book also examines contemporary fiction's view of the Victorian era.
Professor of English at Reading University. He has also published "The Myth of the Italian Renaissance in Nineteenth-Century Writing" (1994), and is a General Editor for the "Crosscurrents Series. "During the last ten years, he has been responsible for teaching and administering a postgraduate MA course, 'Literature and the Visual Arts, 1840-1940'.