• Issue 32 • 2021 • The Old Nineteenth Century: Ageing against the Grain

    Issue 32 • 2021 • The Old Nineteenth Century: Ageing against the Grain


To call the nineteenth century ‘old’ is to go against the grain of literary-historical narratives that focus on the burgeoning modernity of the era: the bustle of urban spaces, liberal investment in progress, and expansion of empire. This issue of 19 reflects on the way age transgresses and reconfigures commonplaces about the nineteenth century. How might linking age to other social contexts — as the authors of this issue do with gender, social class, sexuality, the family, and the environment — disrupt critical narratives about the nineteenth century, requiring new methods and objects of inquiry? Collectively, the articles and discussions published here demonstrate that additional attention to age is required to account for the experience of those living at the temporal margins of the Victorian era. Beginning as a panel for the 2020 Modern Language Association conference, this issue of 19 pushes against the marginalization of non-normative ageing by developing new perspectives on the old nineteenth century. Cover image: Detail of Frederick Sandys, Autumn, 1860, oil on canvas, 79.6 × 108.7 cm, Birmingham Museums Trust. Wikimedia Commons.

Editors: Jacob Jewusiak (Guest Editor), David McAllister (Guest Editor)

Introduction


Introduction: The Time Elapsed

Introduction: The Time Elapsed

Helen Small

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Podcast


Bending the Clock: New Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ageing: A Roundtable Conversation

Bending the Clock: New Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ageing: A Roundtable Conversation

Andrea Charise , Devoney Looser , David McAllister , Ruth M. McAdams , Jacob Jewusiak and Travis Chi Wing Lau

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Article


Odd Age, Old Age, and Doubled Lives: Asynchronicity and Ageing Queerly in Israel Zangwill’s Short Stories

Odd Age, Old Age, and Doubled Lives: Asynchronicity and Ageing Queerly in Israel Zangwill’s Short Stories

Alice Crossley

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Tennyson’s Wrinkled Feet: Ageing and the Poetics of Decay

Tennyson’s Wrinkled Feet: Ageing and the Poetics of Decay

Jacob Jewusiak

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‘How differently it came upon her’: The Ageing Young Stepmother in Charlotte Yonge’s The Young Step-Mother and Dinah Craik’s Christian’s Mistake

‘How differently it came upon her’: The Ageing Young Stepmother in Charlotte Yonge’s The Young Step-Mother and Dinah Craik’s Christian’s Mistake

Hannah Rosefield

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Ancient Trees and Aged Peasants

Ancient Trees and Aged Peasants

Christiana Payne

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Of Cosmetic Value Only: Make-Up and Terrible Old Ladies in Victorian Literature

Of Cosmetic Value Only: Make-Up and Terrible Old Ladies in Victorian Literature

Sara Zadrozny

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19 Live


Introduction to 19 Live

Introduction to 19 Live

Victoria Mills

2021-06-14 Issue 32 • 2021 • The Old Nineteenth Century: Ageing against the Grain

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‘A Budding Morrow in Midnight’: Facing Challenges and Embracing Opportunities during Lockdown at the Keats-Shelley House Museum in Rome

‘A Budding Morrow in Midnight’: Facing Challenges and Embracing Opportunities during Lockdown at the Keats-Shelley House Museum in Rome

Giuseppe Albano

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‘Look Back, and Smile on Perils Past’: Abbotsford in Lockdown

‘Look Back, and Smile on Perils Past’: Abbotsford in Lockdown

Kirsty Archer-Thompson FSA Scot

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Curating Historic Interiors at the Charles Dickens Museum during Covid

Curating Historic Interiors at the Charles Dickens Museum during Covid

Emma Treleaven

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Homeworking at the Soane

Homeworking at the Soane

Helen Dorey

2021-06-14 Issue 32 • 2021 • The Old Nineteenth Century: Ageing against the Grain

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