Excavating Victorians (SUNY series, Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century)

By: Zimmerman, Virginia

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Ink stamp on page base, faint odor of smoke. 2008 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. x, 231 pp. Excavating Victorians examines nineteenth-century Britain’s reaction to the revelations about time and natural history provided by the new sciences of geology and archaeology. The Victorians faced one of the greatest paradigm shifts in history: the bottom dropped out of time, and they had to reinvent their relationship to the earth and to time and history. These new sciences took the Victorians by storm, inundating them with fossils, skeletal remains, and potsherds—artifacts, or traces, that served at once as relics from the past, objects in the present, and markers of time’s passage. Virginia Zimmerman explores how the Victorians utilized a nexus of literature, excavation, and reflections on time to ease anxieties about the individual’s fate in the face of time’s overwhelming expanse. The function of artifacts is also considered through careful readings of Tennyson’s The Princess and Dickens’s Little Dorrit and Our Mutual Friend. Zimmerman shows how these literary works make use of the language, tropes, and even generic conventions of excavation, and how they participate in the effort to rescue the individual from temporal insignificance.

Title: Excavating Victorians (SUNY series, Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century)

Author: Zimmerman, Virginia

Categories: Geology, Archaeology, Literary Criticism, British, Archaeology,

Publisher: State University of New York Press: 2008

ISBN Number: 0791472809

ISBN Number 13: 9780791472804

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2277108

Keywords: VICTORIANS HISTORY EUROPE EUROPEAN BRITAIN ENGLAND ARCHAEOLOGY SCIENCE GEOLOGY LITERARY CRITICISM,