- Article by:
- Paul Schlicke
Industrialisation had a dramatic effect upon all aspects of Victorian life. Paul Schlicke examines how it led to the growth of commercial entertainment and the presence of these new cultural forms in the novels of Charles Dickens.Read more
- Article by:
- Ruth Richardson
Chapbooks were small, affordable forms of literature for children and adults that were sold on the streets, and covered a range of subjects from fairy tales and ghost stories to news of politics, crime or disaster. Dr Ruth Richardson explains what this literature looked like, its subject matter and the ways in which it was produced.Read more
What characterises Gothic literature and what does it reveal about the periods in which it was written?
From Georgian gentry to Gothic horror, what characterised the literature of this period?
How did the iconic writers of this period experiment with fantasy, sensationalism, realism and social commentary?
How did the literature of this period reflect attitudes to gender, sexuality, immigration, class and scientific discovery?
How did the Victorian poets approach composition, form and language, and what inspired their subjects?
How did Victorian writers respond to the shocking inequalities of Victorian society?
How did rising literacy rates, libraries and new technologies influence the literature people read?
How did 19th century authors respond to the new possibilities afforded by technology and science?
How were the tensions surrounding social mobility explored in the literature of the period?
How did the 19th-century literature reflect contemporary fears of social, political and technological change?