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

By Martin Hewitt

The Age of Equipoise by means of W.L Burn used to be released in 1964 and have become a significant textual content within the canon of interpretations of the Victorian interval. The publication for this reason fell out of favour yet fresh claims to set up a brand new interpretative general have, sarcastically, caused reviewers to forged again to Burn's paintings because the orthodox ordinary opposed to which such claims could be judged. The essays during this quantity via British and American individuals all have interaction, to various levels, with the concept of 'equipoise' and the way it could support to light up the mid-Victorian interval in methods which substitute formulations can't. the various chapters increase arguments embedded in Burn's personal publication; others soak up concerns mostly absent within the Age of Equipoise, akin to the location of youngsters, Britain's interplay with the broader global, and the threats the interval skilled to its inspiration of masculine identification. jointly the essays show the intricacy and turbulence of the forces of unity in Victorian society, in addition to the luck of that tradition achieve a operating, if moving, modus vivendi. in addition, they substantiate the argument that, regardless of the obstacles of Burn's paintings, 'equipoise' merits rehabilitation as a strong conceptual framework for making experience of mid-Victorian Britain. in regards to the Editor: Martin Hewitt is Director of the Leeds Centre for Victorian reviews and editor of the magazine of Victorian tradition. With Robert Poole he has lately produced an version of The Diaries of Samuel Bamford, 1858-61 (Sutton, 2000).

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