Room of His Own : A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland : ()
What can male affiliative culture tell us about nineteenth-century Britishness? This book focuses on the ways of male associational culture as it examines such topics as fraternity, sophistication, nostalgia, social capital, celebrity, gossip, and male professionalism. Bookseller Inventory # a26695
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A Room of His Own sheds light on the mysterious ways of male associational culture as it examines such topics as fraternity, sophistication, nostalgia, social capital, celebrity, gossip, and male professionalism. The story of clubland (and the literature it generated) begins with Britain?s military heroes home from the Napoleonic campaign and quickly turns to Dickens?s and Thackeray?s acrimonious Garrick Club Affair. It takes us to Richard Burton?s curious Cannibal Club and Winston Churchill?s The Other Club; it goes underground to consider Uranian desire and Oscar Wilde?s clubbing and resurfaces to examine the problematics of belonging in Trollope?s novels. The trespass of French socialist Flora Tristan, who cross-dressed her way into the clubs of Pall Mall, provides a brief interlude. London?s clubland?this all-important room of his own?comes to life as Barbara Black explores the literary representations of clubland and the important social and cultural work that this urban site enacts. Our present-day culture of connectivity owes much to nineteenth-century sociability and Victorian networks; clubland reveals to us our own enduring desire to belong, to construct imagined communities, and to affiliate with like-minded comrades.
About the Author: Barbara Black is an associate professor of English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is the author of On Exhibit: Victorians and Their Museums (2000). Her work has appeared in such journals as Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Victorian Poetry, and Salmagundi. She is a contributor to the volume Dickens, Sexuality and Gender, edited by Lillian Nayder (forthcoming July 2012).
Title: Room of His Own : A Literary-Cultural Study ...
Publisher: Ohio UP
Publication Date: 2013
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