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“The bourgeois nature in difficulties”: The crisis of liberalism in Robert Browning's Aristophanes’ Apology

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Nathan K. Hensley's recent study, Forms of Empire (2016), posits that liberalism, as the nineteenth century progressed, came up against the “wayward meanings” generated by its own contradictions, particularly the “curious intimacy between legality and harm” that characterized a doctrine of individual freedom inextricably rooted in violent imperial expansion. For Hensley, “the dogged persistence of killing in an age of liberty disrupted the conceptual assumptions of progressive idealism”; whil...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
Balliol College
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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Victorian Literature and Culture More from this journal
Volume:
48
Issue:
3
Pages:
551-575
Publication date:
2020-08-05
Acceptance date:
2018-10-23
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1470-1553
ISSN:
1060-1503
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English
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2018-10-31

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