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By Martin Hewitt

The Age of Equipoise by way of W.L Burn used to be released in 1964 and have become a important textual content within the canon of interpretations of the Victorian interval. The publication accordingly fell out of favour yet contemporary claims to set up a brand new interpretative ordinary have, satirically, caused reviewers to solid again to Burn's paintings because the orthodox general opposed to which such claims will be judged. The essays during this quantity by way of British and American members all interact, to various levels, with the idea of 'equipoise' and the way it will possibly aid to light up the mid-Victorian interval in methods which replacement formulations can't. a few of the chapters improve arguments embedded in Burn's personal e-book; others absorb matters mostly absent within the Age of Equipoise, comparable to the location of kids, Britain's interplay with the broader global, and the threats the interval skilled to its idea of masculine id. jointly the essays show the intricacy and turbulence of the forces of unity in Victorian society, besides the good fortune of that tradition achieve a operating, if transferring, modus vivendi. furthermore, they substantiate the argument that, regardless of the boundaries of Burn's paintings, 'equipoise' merits rehabilitation as a strong conceptual framework for making experience of mid-Victorian Britain. concerning the Editor: Martin Hewitt is Director of the Leeds Centre for Victorian reports and editor of the magazine of Victorian tradition. With Robert Poole he has lately produced an version of The Diaries of Samuel Bamford, 1858-61 (Sutton, 2000).

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