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Iron times and golden ages: nostalgia and the Mid-Victorian historical novel

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This thesis examines nostalgia as a central literary trope of burgeoning modernisation in the mid-Victorian historical novel. Nostalgia began as a pathological form of homesickness and rapidly engaged with the perceived distancing from the past brought about by accelerated modernisation. This thesis suggests that literary representations of social, cultural and technological change echo nostalgic reactions of loss and longing. Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell...

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
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HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
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Arts and Humanities Research Council
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Cassidy, CM
Publication date:
2014
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
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English
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2014-10-15

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