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  1. Is one reason for the endurance of ‘Victorian’ the fact that splitting the nineteenth century into (late) ‘Romantic’ and ‘Victorian’ eras keeps us from focusing on the ‘Age of Reform’, circa 1825-40? ‘Romanticism’ sees progressive agendas articulated but not fulfilled, and by the time of Victoria’s accession, some major reforms are in the past. This creates problems for the study of some types of ‘Victorian’ literature, such as the productions of the ‘Salisbury School’, which got started between periods, as it were. Does anyone teach a class on the Age of Reform – or the concept of reform evolving through ‘Romantic’ and ‘Victorian’ literature, c. 1829-48 (and beyond)?

  2. Once you do the legwork of reconstructing this Victorian media network, you discover that a great deal of our contemporary information world, from the Indian public libraries that interest Joshi to the Gothic and Pre-Raphaelite affects haunting contemporary pop music, is built upon Victorian foundations.

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