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Posted December 30, 2009 at 1:53 AM via web

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What are the salient features of the Victorian age in English literature?


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mshargaden | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 30, 2009 at 2:44 AM (Answer #1)

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The Victorian period in history and literature was during the years of the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Queen Victoria was the longest-running English monarch in history.

The Vistorian era was a bridge between the romantic era in literature of the 18th century and the industrialized world of the 20th century.

In England, the Victorian era was the era of massive empire building.  Writers like Joseph Conrad were inspired by daring adventure found in the quest to take over far-flung areas of the world.

Victorian literature tends to be concerned with morals, right and wromg.  It often champions the downtrodden.Sometimes this led Vistorian novels to be grim and realistic portrayals of life among the poor classes.  Happy endings also became les and less common in Victorial novels.

Sometimes Victorian literature is thought of as stuffy and morally opressive. However, it is also very imaginative and emotional.  It also uses realism to show the plight of everyday working people.

Some of the most famous authors of this period are Charlotte Brontë , Emily Bronte, and Charles Dickens, all English writers.

During this time the novel became the most important literary work.

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