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An introduction to 'Goblin Market'
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An introduction to 'Goblin Market'

In ‘Goblin Market’, Christina Rossetti experiments with language, form and imagery to create a world of temptation and mystery. Dr Dinah Roe considers Rossetti’s influences and the different ways

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Victorian Christmas
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Victorian Christmas

Judith Flanders describes how many of our own Christmas traditions - from trees and crackers to cards and carols - have their origins in 19th-century industrial and commercial interests.

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George Eliot's women
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George Eliot's women

Why do so few of George Eliot’s female characters fulfil their potential? Professor Kathryn Hughes considers Eliot’s attitudes towards women’s rights, education and place in society, and how she

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The Peterloo Massacre
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The Peterloo Massacre

In August 1819 dozens of peaceful protestors were killed and hundreds injured at what became known as the Peterloo Massacre. Ruth Mather examines the origins, response and aftermath of this key

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The origins of children’s literature
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The origins of children’s literature

Professor M O Grenby charts the rise of children’s literature throughout the 18th century, explaining how books for children increasingly blended entertainment with instruction.

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Popular culture and the impact of industrialisation
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Popular culture and the impact of industrialisation

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

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Doublures of Character – or – Strikeing Resemblances in Physiognomy by Gillray
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Doublures of Character – or – Strikeing Resemblances in Physiognomy by Gillray

View 'Doublures of Character – or – Strikeing Resemblances in Physiognomy by Gillray', print on the British Library’s Discovering Literature website.

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An introduction to Silas Marner: fairytale, realism and labour
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An introduction to Silas Marner: fairytale, realism and labour

Professor John Mullan explores how George Eliot draws on fairytale elements in her ‘realistic treatment’ of a pre-industrial weaver and his work.

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Hymns in Prose for Children
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Hymns in Prose for Children

Explore 'Hymns in Prose for Children', a book on the British Library’s Discovering Literature website.

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Aestheticism and decadence
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Aestheticism and decadence

‘Art for art’s sake’? Dr Carolyn Burdett considers the ways in which aestheticism and decadence shocked the Victorian establishment by challenging traditional values, foregrounding sensuality and

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