Writing in the Age of William IV

Edited by Maureen McCue, Rebecca Butler and Anne-Marie Millim

Yearbook of English Studies 48

Modern Humanities Research Association

10 December 2018

ISBN: 978-1-781882-94-8 (paperback)

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English


This volume explores the literary, cultural, social and political climate in Britain during the reign of William IV (1830–37). Rarely discussed by scholars searching to define the ‘Romantic’ period, and overshadowed by Queen Victoria, William IV’s reign signifies an important moment within the long nineteenth century, one whose literary output is marked by experimentation and generic instability. Rather than simply blurring the boundaries between the Romantic and Victorian periods, this diverse collection of essays demonstrates how the spirit of reform, creative experimentation, and an increasingly politically active middle-class readership produced a peculiar literary and material culture of its own. Responding to a wide range of print culture, including periodicals, albums, graphic satires, novels, poetry, travel writing and guidebooks, by canonical and non-canonical authors, such as Catherine Gore, James Hogg, John Ruskin, Mariana Starke, Thomas Hosmer Shepherd and Thomas Pringle, the essays in this volume map a complex network of conversation, personal and national identities, radical and conservative ideologies, and contested domestic and public spaces, both in Britain and abroad. By addressing various aspects of this remarkable period’s material culture and aesthetic innovations, the essays in this collection complicate our contemporary understanding of the long nineteenth century in Britain and open up new spaces for discussion.

Contents:

1-12
Introduction: Writing in the Age of William IV
Maureen McCue, Rebecca Butler, Anne-Marie Millim
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13-30
Guiding the Nation's Taste: Nineteenth-Century Periodicals and the Construction of the National Gallery in London, 1824–1842
Maureen McCue
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31-53
Food, Spaces of Consumption and the Exhibition of Taste in Catherine Gore's Silver-Fork Fiction, 1830–1834
Charlotte Boyce
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54-81
Caricature and the Comic Image in the 1830s
Brian Maidment
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82-100
Genuine Border Stories: James Hogg, Fiction and Mobility in the 1830s
David Stewart
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101-123
‘The Travelling Carriage in Old Times’: John Ruskin and the Lakes Tour in the Age of William IV
Christopher Donaldson
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124-147
Foreign and Home Tours in 1830s' Manuscript Culture
Kevin J. James
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148-170
‘Can any one fancy travellers without Murray's universal red books’? Mariana Starke, John Murray and 1830s' Guidebook Culture
Rebecca Butler
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171-198
‘Unceasing Bustle and Traffic’: Print Culture and Metropolitan Spaces in the 1830s
Alison O'Byrne
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199-215
‘The South African “Children of the Mist”’: The Bushman, the Highlander and the Making of Colonial Identities in Thomas Pringle's South African Poetry, 1825–1834
Lara Atkin
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216-236
Literary Histories, National Literatures and Early Conceptions of World Literature in the Athenaeum, 1833–1838
Anne-Marie Millim
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McCue, Maureen, Rebecca Butler, and Anne-Marie Millim (eds), Writing in the Age of William IV (= Yearbook of English Studies, 48.1 (2018))

First footnote reference: 35 Writing in the Age of William IV, ed. by Maureen McCue, Rebecca Butler and Anne-Marie Millim (= Yearbook of English Studies, 48.1 (2018)), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 McCue, Butler, and Millim, p. 47.

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McCue, Maureen, Rebecca Butler, and Anne-Marie Millim (eds). 2018. Writing in the Age of William IV (= Yearbook of English Studies, 48.1)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (McCue, Butler, and Millim 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 McCue, Butler, and Millim 2018: 21.

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