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Author Sweet, Matthew.

Title Inventing the Victorians / Matthew Sweet
Published London : Faber, 2001


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  941.081 Swe/Itv  AVAILABLE
Description xxiii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
regular print
Contents 1. The Sensation Seekers -- 2. The First Picture Show -- 3. The Boer War, Brought to You by Bovril -- 4. The Gutter and the Stars -- 5. I Knew My Doctor Was A Serial Killer Because -- 6. Last Exit to Shadwell -- 7. The Archaeology of Good Behaviour -- 8. Check Out Your Chintz -- 9. A Defence of the Freak Show -- 10. Presumed Innocent -- 11. Whatever Happened to Patriarchy? -- 12. Monomaniacs of Love -- 13. Prince Albert's Prince Albert -- Conclusion: Liberating the Victorians
Summary "In 1918, Lytton Strachey declared that 'the history of the Victorian age will never be written. We know too much about it.' But he wasn't quite right. The real problem is this: we have systematically forgotten many of the most interesting and distinctive aspects of the period, and much of what we think we know about it is utterly false, fabricated in the twentieth century and lazily accepted as truth ever since."
"Spot the deliberate fiction on this list: Queen Victoria had a Nigerian god-daughter; William Gladstone once knocked back so much laudanum that he had to go to Baden Baden to recuperate; the flourishing Victorian porn industry was founded by a group of Chartists who wanted to use sexually explicit material to hasten the British Revolution; Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, negotiated a fifty-fifty box office split with his management team; Britain's first black professional footballer was Arthur Wharton, who played in goal for Preston North End and Rotherham in the 1880s and 90s; Sarah Grand, the author of the phenomenal 1890s bestseller The Heavenly Twins, fronted a publicity campaign for Sanatogen; sexually, Oscar Wilde was a pretty regular Victorian guy." "As this radical myth-busting reassessment of the Victorians and their world demonstrates, the answer is: none of the above."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-250) and index
Subject Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- Historiography.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901.
LC no. 2002523053
ISBN 0571206638