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Becoming Modern: English Identity at the End of an Age

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dc.contributor.author Fleming, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-18T13:43:34Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-18T13:43:34Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11214/120
dc.description.abstract The Victorians have a huge hold on our imaginations. Today we recognize them as one of the first fully modern societies, something which many of their best thinkers were happy to attribute to themselves. However, modernity for the Victorian was not without its problems. First, being modern is fundamentally about being future oriented. Second, political and cultural modernity as understood at the fin-de-sicle had a distinctly continental European character. For an insular society that prided itself on its provincial past, becoming modern was no easy task. My research, combining approaches borrowed from various disciplines within the humanities—historiography, art history, literary theory—has been dedicated to untangling the complicated mindset of the Late Victorians. Emphasizing the different ways in which societies construct themselves, whether through history, art, or politics, I bring to back to life a deeply self-conscious people who were at times uncomfortably aware of what it meant to live at a turning point in history. Showing remarkable ingenuity, the Late Victorians cobbled together a kind of modernity that embraced English singularity while still being a part of a global conversation, rooted in the past while future looking. In many ways we have inherited their uneasiness with modernity, meaning they have much to teach us about how to live in our own alienating world. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Dr. Jessica Hower Dr. Kimberly Smith Dr. Melissa Byrnes en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Great Britain en_US
dc.subject English Identity en_US
dc.subject Victorian Studies en_US
dc.subject English Art en_US
dc.subject English Socialism en_US
dc.subject Historiography en_US
dc.subject Victorian Historians en_US
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::History subjects::History en_US
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Art en_US
dc.subject 19th Century en_US
dc.title Becoming Modern: English Identity at the End of an Age en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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