Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-305) and index.
1. Introduction: Grace Moore & Michelle J. Smith -- 2. "The Environmentally Modified Self: Acclimatization and Identity in Early Victorian Literature": Roslyn Jolly -- 3. "Rabbits and the Rise of Australian Nativism": Alexis Harley -- 4. "'Our Antipodes:' Settler Colonial Environments in Victorian Travel Writing": Anna Johnston -- 5. "Ubiquitous Theft: The Consumption of London in Mayhew's Underworld": Lesa Scholl -- 6. "'Mountains might be marked by a drop of glue:' Blindness, Touch and the Tangible Map": Vanessa Warne -- 7. "Exhuming the City: London's Victorian Cemeteries and the Afterlife": Haewon Hwang -- 8. "Speculative Viewing: Victorians' Encounters with Coral Reefs": Kathleen Davidson -- 9. "The Nature of Female Beauty: Floriography and Sensation Fiction": Kirby-Jane Hallum -- 10. "Neptune's Daughters: Women and Australian Marine Visual Culture": Molly Duggins -- 11. "Inorganic Bodies Longing to Become Organic: Revolutionary Appetite in Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution": Hayley Rudkin -- 12. "'Yet Was It Human?' Bankim, Hunter and the Victorian Famine Ideology of Anandamath": Pablo Mukherjee -- 13. "Adulteration in Jude the Obscure": Tim Dolin.
This collection will draw attention to new ideas in both Victorian studies and in the emerging area of literature and the environment. Adopting a broad interpretation of the term 'environment' the work aims to draw together new approaches to Victorian texts and cultures that conceptualise and are influenced by environments ranging from rural to urban, British to Antipodean, and from the terrestrial to the aquatic. With the pressures of industrialism and the clustering of workers in urban centres, the Victorians were acutely aware that their environment was changing. Torn between nostalgia for a countryside that was in jeopardy and exhilaration at the rapidity with which their surroundings altered, the literature and culture produced by the Victorians reflects a world undergoing radical change. Colonization and assisted emigration schemes expanded the scope of the environment still further, pushing the boundaries of the 'home' on an unprecedented scale and introducing strange new worlds. These untamed physical environments enabled new freedoms, but also posed challenges that invited attempts to control, taxonomize and harness the natural world. Victorian Environments draws together leading and emerging international scholars for an examination of how various kinds of environments were constructed, redefined, and transformed, in British and colonial texts and cultures, with particular attention to the relationship between Australia and Britain.