The Victorian Visitors: Culture Shock in Nineteenth-century Britain

Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001 - 271 páginas
Like present-day New York, early-nineteenth-century London was an extraordinarily vibrant and creative metropolis to which visitors -- from scholars to social climbers -- went in search of wealth and fame. Called "an elegant and erudite introduction to nineteenth-century studies" (The Times), The Victorian Visitors lucidly captures the encounters between London and some of its most famous visitors who left an indelible mark on its culture.

Among others, Christiansen reveals the great French artist Gericault painting the climax of a public execution and the finish of the Epsom Derby, Richard Wagner guffawing at anti-Semitic jokes in the restaurant of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Ralph Waldo Emerson driving Thomas Carlyle to distraction with his "moonshine" philosophy.

A fascinating look at the cultural and social mores of nineteenth-century London, Christiansen's "delightful and insightful cultural history" (Booklist) challenges our stereotypes of Victorian England with vividly readable and often hilarious accounts of how British culture welcomed these remarkable foreigners.

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THE VICTORIAN VISITORS: Culture Shock in Nineteenth-Century Britain

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A lively examination of the influence of foreign intellectuals in Victorian England—seen here as both more cosmopolitan and less strait-laced than our popular conceptions generally allow.Christiansen ... Ler resenha completa

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This well-written, selectively episodic examination of the experiences of notable outsiders visiting England and particularly London in the mid-19th century is often engaging but lacks a clear ... Ler resenha completa

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