The Industrial Revolution in Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Buckley, J. F. "Living in the Iron Mills: A Tempering of Nineteenth-Century America's Orphic Poet." Journal of American Culture 16, No. 1 (Spring 1993): 67-72.

Discusses Rebecca Harding Davis's "realistic view of America" in the midst of war, transcendental idealism, and nationalistic fervor.

Chesterton, G. K. The Victorian Age in Literature. London: Oxford University Press, 1966, 120 p.

Broad-ranging thematic and historical study of the major Victorian poets and novelists, originally published in 1912.

Jennings, Humphrey. Pandaemonium 1660-1886: The Coming of the Machine as Seen by Contemporary Observers. Edited by Mary-Lou Jennings and Charles Madge. New York: Free Press, 1985, 376 p.

Excerpted poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, by writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, reflecting the impact of industrialism upon British life and culture.

Johnson, Patricia E. "Hard Times and the Structure of Industrialism: The Novel as Factory." Studies in the Novel XXI, No. 2 (Summer 1989): 128-37.

Examines Dickens's symbolic use of the factory, focusing on his "critique of the interlocking structures—economic, social, and political—of industrial capitalism."

Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America. London: Oxford University Press, 1964, 387 p.

A comprehensive analysis of the various effects of industrialism on American culture and literature.

Mumford, Lewis. Technics and Civilization. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1934, 480 p.

Analyzes the inception and development of the Industrial Revolution from an historical and cultural studies perspective.

O'Brien, Robert Lincoln. "Machinery and English Style." The Atlantic Monthly XCIV, No. 564 (October 1904): 464-72.

Analyzes the effect of inventions such as the typewriter and the telegraph on the "form and substance" of language.

Seltzer, Mark. Bodies and Machines. New York: Routledge, 1992, 230 p.

Discusses how "persons, bodies, and technologies are made and represented in turn-of-the-century American culture and beyond."