THE VICTORIANS SINCE 1901
Histories, Representations and Revisions

Edited by MILES TAYLOR and MICHAEL WOLFF
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More than a century after the death of Queen Victoria, historians are busy re-appraising her age and achievements. However, our understanding of the Victorian era is itself a part of history, shaped by changing political, cultural and intellectual fashions. This work surveys the trends in modern historiography showing how our image of the Victorians has changed over time, from widespread reaction against Victorian values led by the Bloomsbury set, through to the rehabilitation of Victorian literature and architecture in the 1950s and 1960s, down to the recent film and television adaptations of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Bringing together a group of international scholars from the disciplines of history, English literature, art history and cultural studies, it identifies and assesses the principal influences on twentieth-century attitudes towards the Victorians. Particularly valuable is the discussion of exhibitions, media and conservation and the built environment. The final chapters anticipate future global trends in interpretations of the era.