Victorian Will John R. Reed

ISBN: 9780821409282

Published: December 15th 1989

Hardcover

511 pages


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Victorian Will  by  John R. Reed

Victorian Will by John R. Reed
December 15th 1989 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 511 pages | ISBN: 9780821409282 | 6.34 Mb

John R. Reed, author of Victorian Conventions, The Natural History of H.G. Wells, and Decadent Style, has published a new critical study examining nineteenth-century British attitudes toward free will, determinism, providence, and fate. His new book,MoreJohn R. Reed, author of Victorian Conventions, The Natural History of H.G.

Wells, and Decadent Style, has published a new critical study examining nineteenth-century British attitudes toward free will, determinism, providence, and fate. His new book,Victorian Will, argues for the need to understand a body of literature in its broadest historical and intellectual context. From among a number of different possibilities, Reed chose the concept of will –- whether understood as part of a providential scheme, as an illusory power in a determined existence, or as a free agent in a world of chance –- to illuminate the relationship of literary works of the period.

Will was not only a prominent subject of discussion in Victorian England, but attitudes towards will affect form, style, and characterization in contemporary fiction, as Reed demonstrates in his discussion of the works of Mary Shelley, Bulwer-Lytton, Dickens, Thackeray, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and others.Victorian Willis destined to take its place beside Reed’s other work as a standard reference in nineteenth-century study.



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