The Healthy Body And Victorian Culture

Author: Bruce Haley
Editor: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press
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Health obsessed the Victorians. The quest for health guided Victorian living habits, shaped educational goals, and sanctioned a mania for athletic sports. As both metaphor and ideal, it influenced psychology, religion, moral philosophy; it affected the writing of history as well as the criticism of literature. Here is a wide-ranging and ably written exploration of this fascinating aspect of Victorian ideas. Bruce Haley looks at developments in personal and public health, and at theories about the relation between medical and psychological disorders. He examines influential conceptions of the healthy man: Carlyle's healthy hero, Spencer's biologically perfect man, Newman's gentleman-Christian, Kingsley's muscular Christian. He describes the development of sports and physical training in nineteenth-century England and their importance in schools and universities. He traces the concept of healthy body and healthy mind in boy's fiction (such as Torn Brown's School Days), self-help literature, and the widely read novels of George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, George Meredith, and Charles Kingsley. All these strands of social history, literature, and philosophy are woven together into a seamless whole.
The Body and Physical Difference
Language: en
Pages: 299
Authors: David T. Mitchell, Sharon L. Snyder
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997 - Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Groundbreaking perspectives on disability in culture and the arts that shed light on notions of identity and social marginality
The Healthy Body and Victorian Culture
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Bruce Haley
Categories: English literature
Type: BOOK - Published: 1978 - Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press

Health obsessed the Victorians. The quest for health guided Victorian living habits, shaped educational goals, and sanctioned a mania for athletic sports. As both metaphor and ideal, it influenced psychology, religion, moral philosophy; it affected the writing of history as well as the criticism of literature. Here is a wide-ranging
Deviance in Neo-Victorian Culture
Language: en
Pages: 253
Authors: Saverio Tomaiuolo
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-03 - Publisher: Springer

This book argues that ‘deviance’ represents a central issue in neo-Victorian culture, and that the very concept of neo-Victorianism is based upon the idea of ‘diverging’ from accepted notions regarding the nineteenth-century frame of mind. However, the study of the ways in which the Victorian age has been revised by
Dirt in Victorian Literature and Culture
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Sabine Schülting
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-02-05 - Publisher: Routledge

Addressing the Victorian obsession with the sordid materiality of modern life, this book studies dirt in nineteenth-century English literature and the Victorian cultural imagination. Dirt litters Victorian writing – industrial novels, literature about the city, slum fiction, bluebooks, and the reports of sanitary reformers. It seems to be "matter out
Sport and Political Ideology
Language: en
Pages: 328
Authors: John M. Hoberman
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-06-30 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

Across the modern political spectrum, left-wing and right-wing political theorists have invested sport with ideological significance. That significance, however, varies distinctively and characteristically with the ideology—a phenomenon John Hoberman terms "ideological differentiation." Taking this phenomenon as its point of departure, this provocative work interprets the major sport ideologies of the