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Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Abstract

Questions of survival were much discussed during the 19th century, ranging from debates over the likelihood of a personal immortality, to anxieties over the more dispersed and unpredictable aftermath of particular acts and utterances. Some of these questions emerged in the intellectual and stylistic preoccupations of individual writers, such as Dickens, Tennyson, and FitzGerald. Others contributed towards the cultural atmosphere they shared, in which shifty and overlapping ideas of ‘influence’ (from the seductive touch of the mesmerist to the contagious breath of the poor) became central to at ... More

Keywords: questions of survival, personal immortality, Dickens, Tennyson, FitzGerald, cultural atmosphere, mesmerism, literary criticism, philosophy, history of science

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187271.001.0001

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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author
Magdalen College, Oxford
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