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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully presented account of Victorian writing., 10 Oct 2001
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This review is from: The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900 (Paperback)
The Reader in cultural history was very well-presented. The student is introduced to the major, sometimes conflicting, debates of the nineteenth century fin de siecle.
The fin de siecle debates featured in this book centered on 'degeneration' and 'progress'. While some writers felt that the late nineteenth century was an exciting time to live in - new journalism, literature, social relations - other writers were opposed to these phenomenal changes.
Ledger and Luckhurst bring this debate to life and have organised the arguments in an interesting and comprehensible manner. The introductions they provide for each chapter give useful overviews of an otherwise complex debate.
While this book is dedicated to the nineteenth-century fin de siecle, it becomes clear that some of the ideas presented in the book are not solely confined to the 1880s and '90s. Debates such as 'degeneration' and 'progress' appear in our modern press today and this suggests that fin de siecle is not just a period but a mindset. This book is therefore a must for anyone interested to know more about our own society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reader covering all the major areas, 9 Jan 2002
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This review is from: The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900 (Paperback)
Although this sounds like an advertiser's blurb, I really am convinced this reader will be useful for any literary/cultural course that covers the last decades of nineteenth-century Britain. It carefully selects a variety of often conflicting but always representative material that is otherwise available only with difficulty, from an extract from Nordau's "Degeneration" and William James's review of it to a part of Karl Pearson's "National life from the Standpoint of Science". I'll be using it for three widely differing Victorian courses this year, concentrating mainly on gender, consumerism, imperialism and "race", and am confident I shall use it for next year's courses too.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE FIN DE SIÈCLE A READER IN CULTURAL HISTORY C. 1880-1900, 1 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900 (Paperback)
Simply love this book, had to get it for uni and it has been a wealth of information, giving pointers to go and research essays and journals to do with my particular topic. So glad it exists its been a god send!
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The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900 by Sally Ledger (Paperback - 5 Oct 2000)
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