Victoria to Victorian: The Queen and her Age
By extending the analyses of works by Carroll, Oliphant, and Gaskell, the discussion explores the constructions of age in the later part of the century. Looming over all is the figure of Queen Victoria, whose aging becomes the subject of self-reflection and cultural preoccupation. The analysis here weaves the Queen's subjective impressions, her feelings of superfluity and powerlessness, with the growing perception that the period was itself an age of retrospection, an age turned in upon itself. One consequence was an exaggerated heightening—amounting to a ‘war’—between the ‘New Age’ and old age. The plethora of journalistic essays pitting mothers against ‘revolting’ daughters became a symbol for the generational discord long smoldering.
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