Excavating Victorians (SUNY series, Studies in the Long by Virginia Zimmerman

By Virginia Zimmerman

How Victorians reacted to the recent sciences of geology and archaeology.

Excavating Victorians examines nineteenth-century Britain’s response to the revelations approximately time and average heritage supplied via the hot sciences of geology and archaeology. The Victorians confronted one of many maximum paradigm shifts in historical past: the ground dropped out of time, and so they needed to reinvent their courting to the earth and to time and historical past. those new sciences took the Victorians via typhoon, inundating them with fossils, skeletal continues to be, and potsherds—artifacts, or strains, that served immediately as relics from the earlier, gadgets within the current, and markers of time’s passage. Virginia Zimmerman explores how the Victorians applied a nexus of literature, excavation, and reflections on time to ease anxieties concerning the individual’s destiny within the face of time’s overwhelming expanse. The functionality of artifacts can also be thought of via cautious readings of Tennyson’s The Princess and Dickens’s Little Dorrit and Our Mutual pal. Zimmerman exhibits how those literary works utilize the language, tropes, or even regularly occurring conventions of excavation, and the way they perform the hassle to rescue the person from temporal insignificance.

Virginia Zimmerman is Assistant Professor of English at Bucknell University.

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