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Anglo-Irish Literature
This lengthy analysis of Irish Victorian era literature includes sections on “Gaelic and Classical Literature”, “Irish influence on English Literature”, “National Folk-ballads and other writings”, “Patrick Kennedy”, and “Women writers.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: Alfred Perceval Graves
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XIII: English, The Victorian Age, Part Two,The Nineteenth Century, III
Effortless Art: The Sketch in Nineteenth-Century Painting and Literature
“The author examines art and literature depicting nineteenth century London. Topics include novelists, painters, and representations of society.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Alison Byerly
From: Criticism Summer 1999
1800: Scottish Literature’s Grand Tour
A conference paper which examines “the scale of ScotlandÕs impact on the mainland was to become … during the early decades of the 19th century.”
Author: Tom Hubbard
From: ASLS/DACE Conference 18 November 2000
Elegant Jeremiahs: The Sage from Carlyle to Mailer
“Recognizing the specific elements of Old Testament prophecy that the Victorian sages drew upon helps define the genre they created, and such definition is a crucial step in understanding this major strain in Anglo-American nonfiction. Indeed, one of the most useful approaches to the Victorian sage begins in the recognition that his writings and those of his modem heirs form a clearly identifiable genre, the definition of which offers readers crucial assistance since genre determines the rules by which one reads, interprets, and experiences individual works of literature.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: George P. Landow
From: The Victorian Web Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1986
English Romantic Irony
“Anne Mellor here offers the conceptual framework for a better understanding of the Romantic writers. Her penetrating study yields new interpretations of Byron, Keats, Carlyle, and Coleridge. The Romantics have been seen as expressing a secularized version of a divinely ordered universe. Mellor emphasizes another strain in Romanicism, one linked to the philosophical skepticism and social turbulence of the age: a conception of the universe as random motion, as a fertile chaos that always throws up new forms.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Mellor, Anne Kostelanetz
From: iUniverse Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980
English-Canadian Literature
This lengthy analysis of Canadian Victorian era literature includes sections on Haliburton, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Archibald Lampman, William Henry Drummond , Lesser Poets, Historians, and Novelists.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: Pelham Edgar
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XIII: English, The Victorian Age, Part Two,The Nineteenth Century, III
English, Scottish, and Irish Literature 1800-1899
“Articles about British and American authors do exist on the web. You can read good criticism of novels, poetry, plays, online and for free. But there are plenty of sites that are a waste of time, too. Use our guide to find the worthwhile articles and skip the web sites where someone just retyped their favorite poem.”
Author: Jan Pridmore
Familial Love, Incest, and Female Desire in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century British Women’s Novels
“A critique is presented of familialization, or the assumption of familial roles by unrelated characters in English literature during the romantic period.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Julie Shaffer
From: Criticism Winter 1999
Frail Treasures: Child Death and the Victorian Novel
“Nowhere is the Victorian novelists’ desire to strengthen resolve more keenly felt than when they deal with early death. [….] This is the point at which the Romantic ideal of the innocent child, and the Evangelical ideal of the saved child as a spiritual guide, reinforce each other. However, the novelists rarely adopt either the visionary modes of Romantic poetry or the saccharine iconography of the tract: the novel form which they inherited offers its own unique opportunities for stressing the value of childhood, and exploring [in a positive way] the last phase of a child character’s earthly consciousness.”
Contains: Historical Context,
Author: Jacqueline Banerjee
From: Through the Northern Gate: Childhood and Growing Up in British Fiction, 1719-1901 Chapter 4; New York: Peter Lang, 1996
Keywords: death, children
Gothic Literature 1764 to 1820
“The Gothic Literature Page is devoted to study of Gothic Literature which flourished in England from 1764 to 1820. This site is intended to provide students and scholars of the Gothic novel access to the growing number of resources available on the web. An introduction to the Gothic novel, collected summaries, papers, critical and bibliographical information and related sites are assembled together to expedite research.”
Author: Franz Potter
Gothic Literature: What the Romantic Writers Read
“Too often the term “Gothic” appears as a catch-all term pitted against or aligned with some aspect of the Romantic, without attention to specific works or to the evolving nature of the genre. Thus, a “who read what list” can provide some historical grounding for these investigations. I’ve begun with the gothic readings of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats and will add others (Mary Shelley and De Quincey are next up) as the list develops.”
Contains: Historical Context
The Literary Gothic
“The Literary Gothic is a Web site for all things concerned with literary Gothicism, which includes ghost stories, “classic” Gothic fiction (1764-1820), and related pre- and post-Gothic and supernaturalist literature prior to the mid-twentieth century. ” The “General Resources” category will be the most useful, containing many links to critical sites and essays. Author and title sections list primarily online texts, with some criticism mixed in.
Contains: Historical Context
Making the Modern Reader: Cultural Mediation in Early Modern Literary Anthologies
“This study sets out to remedy part of this neglect by examining the development of literary collections during the period when they became a printed genre directed to a diverse readership, from the Restoration to the beginning of the nineteenth century. By analyzing the way these collections shape and are shaped by the cultural contexts in which they were produced and by explicating the kind of reading they invite, this book argues that literary anthologies mediate between individual readers and literary culture. This mediation redefines readers’ subjectivity by representing literature as art and reading as a critical activity. Anthologies sell texts of choice and the choice of texts. “
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
Author: Barbara M. Benedict
From: Princeton University Press
An online community of Jane Austen fans help maintain this website devoted to the author. Contains public domain works on and by Austen as well as a list of links to external resources for more information. Also has an online forum.
Author: Molland’s
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Nineteenth-Century Drama
This lengthy analysis of English 19th century drama includes sections on “The drama a popular amusement in the nineteenth century “, Richard Lalor Sheil , J. Westland Marston , Dion Boucicault, Douglas Jerrold, and W. S. Gilbert.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: Harold Child
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XIII: English, The Victorian Age, Part One,The Nineteenth Century, III
The Pre-Raphaelite Critic
“The critical opinion about the Pre-Rapahelites’ output was often scathing, often laudatory, but always good reading. I have compiled an index of nearly all (I won’t claim this index is definitive–merely very, very close to it) of the magazine and newspaper articles mentioning the Pre-Raphaelites between 1849 and 1900.”
Contains: Bibliography
Author: Thomas J. Tobin
Romantic Chronology
This site allows you to look year by year at the goings-on in Romantic Literature.
Contains: Review,
Author: Laura Mandell & Alan Liu, et.al.
Romantic Circles
This site describes itself as “a Website devoted to the study of Lord Byron, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, their contemporaries and historical contexts. Romantic Circles is the collaborative product of editors, contributors, and users around the world–a wide community with a shared interest in the literature and culture of the younger Romantics and their ever-widening circles of influence.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Neil Fraistat, Steven E. Jones, Carl Stahmer
Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net
“Romanticism On the Net is a Peer-reviewed, Electronic Journal devoted to Romantic and Victorian studies. This quarterly journal is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. “
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis,
Author: Michael Eberle Sinatra
Romanticism On the Net
“Romanticism On the Net is a Peer-reviewed, Electronic Journal devoted to Romantic studies. This quarterly journal is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.” This journal has the full text of its articles on line.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Character Analysis
Science Fiction Research Bibliography
“A Bibliography of Science Fiction Secondary Materials.”
Author: Paul Brians
From: Course Materials, Including Study Guides to Various Works http://www.wsu.edu:8001/~brians/guides_index.html
Scottish Authors
This site provides biographical information and links for Scottish authors born since 1320, with a lot of emphasis on the period between 1700 and 1900.
Author: SLAINTE – Scottlish Libraries Across the INTErnet
From: Discovering Scottish Writers Scottish Library Association
The Sickly Taper
Contains an extensive Gothic bibliography as well as links to other resources about the Gothic writers.
Contains: Historical Context, Bibliography,
Author: Davison, Carol Margaret
Keywords: Gothic, Romanticism
Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories
Examines the social role of suicide in Victorian England and its reflection in the literary works of that time.
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Barbara T. Gates
From: The Victorian Web Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, c1988
Victorian Web
This extensive site contains a plethora of well-written undergraduate student essays on Victorian literature as well as the cultural and political situations that influenced it.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: George Landow
From: Victorian Web
The Vital Science: Biology and the Literary Imagination, 1860-1900
“The argument of this book is that in late Victorian England a group of novelists and essayists quite consciously sought and found ideas in post-Darwinian biology that were peculiarly susceptible to imaginative transformation. The period 1860-1900 was a time of great confusion in biology; the natural selection hypothesis was in retreat before its acute critics, and no extension of evolutionary theory to human affairs was too bizarre to attract its quota of enthusiasts. Writers capitalised on this prevailing uncertainty and used it to their own artistic or polemic ends.”
Contains: Historical Context,
Author: Morton, Peter
From: Boston: Allen & Unwin, 1984
Keywords: Darwin, Biology, Social Darwinism
WHAT’S A GUINEA? Money and Coinage in Victorian and 20th Century Britain
This site explains the curious monetary system of pre-1968 Britain. Find here the relationships between pence, shillings, pounds, florins, sovreigns, crowns, half-crowns and guineas.
Contains: Historical Context,
Author: Paul Lewis

Authors in British: 19th Century literature:

Matthew Arnold (1822 – 1888) Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)
Anne Bannerman (1780? – 1829) Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743 – 1825)
Sir James M. Barrie (1860 – 1937) E.F. Benson (1867 – 1940)
William Blake (1757 – 1827) Charlotte Bronte (1816 – 1855)
Anne Bronte (1820 – 1849) Emily Bronte (1818 – 1848)
Robert Browning (1812 – 1889) Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861)
Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton (1803 – 1873) James Burnley (1842 – 1919)
Frances Burney (1752 – 1840) Lord George Byron (1788 – 1824)
Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) Lewis Carroll (1832 – 1898)
Wilkie Collins (1824 – 1889) Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924) Sir Herbert Croft (1751 – 1816)
Thomas De Quincey (1785 – 1859) Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867 – 1900)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930) George Du Maurier (1834 – 1896)
Maria Edgeworth (1767 – 1849) George Eliot (1819 – 1880)
Michael Field (1848 – 1913) Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810 – 1865)
George Gissing (1857 – 1903) William Godwin (1756 – 1836)
Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928) Leigh Hunt (1784 – 1859)
Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) Charles Lamb (1775 – 1834)
Mary Ann Lamb (1764 – 1847) Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 – 1873)
M. G. Lewis (1775 – 1818) George MacDonald (1824 – 1905)
Arthur Machen (1863 – 1947) Charles Robert Maturin (1782 – 1824)
Charlotte Mew (1869 – 1929) E. Nesbit (1858 – 1924)
Fitz-James O’Brien (1828 – 1862) Amelia Opie (1769 – 1853)
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 – 1894) Saki (1870 – 1916)
Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832) Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 – 1851)
P. B. Shelley (1792 – 1822) M. P. Shiel (1865 – 1947)
Charlotte Turner Smith (1749 – 1806) Robert Southey (1774 – 1843)
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 – 1909)
Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892) William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 – 1863)
Anthony Trollope (1815 – 1882) H. G. Wells (1866 – 1946)
Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823 – 1901)

Last Updated Mar 25, 2014