British Literature:The Victorian Period 1832-1900

A.Historical Context

  • Unprecedented growth of industry and business in Britain, unparalleled dominance of nations, economics and trade abroad.


  • Novels become more popular for the first time; they are mass produced
  • Bildungsroman
  • Detective novels (Sherlock Holmes)
  • Serialized novels (Charles Dickens)
  • Drama: comedy of manners


  • Conflict between those in power and the common masses of laborers and the poor
  • Country versus city life
  • Romantic triangles
  • Heroines in physical danger
  • Aristocratic villains
  • Literature begins to reach the masses


  • Charles Dickens
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • L. Caroll
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Henry James

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