© 2003

Victorian Shakespeare, Volume 2

Literature and Culture

  • Gail Marshall
  • Adrian Poole

About this book


What did the Victorians think of Shakespeare? The twelve essays gathered here offer some answers, through close examination of works by leading nineteenth-century novelists, poets and critics including Dickens, Trollope, Eliot, Tennyson, Browning and Ruskin. Shakespeare provided the Victorians with ways of thinking about the authority of the past, about the emergence of a new mass culture, about the relations between artistic and industrial production, about the nature of creativity, about racial and sexual difference, and about individual and national identity.


Charles Dickens culture English literature essay exhibition gender George Eliot identity John Ruskin literature mass reason stage Tennyson William Shakespeare

Editors and affiliations

  • Gail Marshall
    • 1
  • Adrian Poole
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of LeedsUK
  2. 2.University of CambridgeUK

About the editors

PASCALE AEBISCHER Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Leicester, UK PHILIP DAVIS Professor in the English Department, University of Liverpool, UK CHRISTOPHER DECKER Assistant Professor of English, Boston University, USA ROBERT DOUGLAS-FAIRHURST Fellow and Tutor in English, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, UK JOHN GLAVIN Professor of English, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA DIANA E. HENDERSON Associate Professor of Literature, M.I.T PHILIP HORNE Professor of English, University College London, UK JULIET JOHN Senior Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool, UK DANIEL KARLIN Professor of English, University College London, UK FRANCIS O'GORMAN Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of Leeds, UK CLARE PETTITT Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, UK SASHA ROBERTS Lecturer in English, University of Kent, UK ANN THOMPSON Professor of English Language and Literature, King's College, London, UK.

Bibliographic information


' Victorian Shakespeare is not free from a tendency to make history a refuge from judgement, but it does richly advance our understanding of how Shakespeare made us and how we have made him.' - Times Literary Supplement