Ford Madox Brown
Estranged from the art establishment, Ford Maddox Brown painted the social ills of his day with an unsentimental yet lyrical realism, making him one of the more socially engaged Pre-Raphaelite artists. This catalogue to his Manchester Art Gallery retrospective in 2012 illustrates over 150 of his works, including The Last of England and Waiting, and features essays on Brown’s character, humour and political views.
Women Drinking Out in Britain Since the Early 20th Century
Part of the Studies in Popular Culture series edited by Jeffrey Richards, this volume examines how women’s (responsible) drinking habits have changed in response to factors ranging from war to moral panic over the last century. Tracing the shifting cultures of drinking since the late Victorian ‘boozer’, Gutzke discusses, among many topics, the business of advertising alcohol to women, changes to drinking venues, the youth subculture of drinking, and binge drinking.
Court & Civic Society in the Burgundian Low Countries C1420-1520
Part of the Manchester Medieval Sources series, this volume presents a selection of sources, translated and annotated, which illuminate the cultural interactions within court and civil society in the Burgundian lands. No jacket.
Vanishing for the Vote
Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the Census
Tracking the increasingly hostile relationship between the Liberal government and the suffragettes, this book tells the story of census night, 2 April 1911, when the suffrage movements urged women – all still without the vote – to boycott the census.
Spinsters, Lesbians and Widows in British Women's Fiction, 1850s-1930s
Emma Liggins’s study examines diverse representations of the woman outside of heterosexual marriage and the ‘New Woman’ in fiction and autobiography, from Charlotte Bronte’s Villette to works by Winifred Holtby and Virginia Woolf.
Monarchy, Religion and the State
Civil Religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth
Norman Bonney examines the centuries-old religious rituals and beliefs of the British monarchy and argues that, despite growing secularization, religious and particularly Christian influences continue to underpin the constitutional arrangements of the UK.
Houses of History
A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory
A clear, jargon-free introduction to the major theoretical perspectives of 20th-century historians, this reader comprises twelve chapters on major schools of thought, from the empiricists to postmodernists. Each school is represented by a seminal text, including essays by EP Thompson (Marxist), Braudel (Annales), Theda Skocpol (historical sociology) and Catherine Hall (gender and history), accompanied by a substantial introduction and reading list.
Beginning Film Studies
A novelty at the beginning of the 20th century, cinema quickly became a dominant cultural force as well as a leading form of mass entertainment. This introduction to the subject as an academic study explores stylistic trends such as classical Hollywood and the French New Wave, analyses the techniques of film-making and how great films, directors and actors have shaped film history, and considers cinema's future.
Widely regarded as the most elegantly structured of Lyly's plays, Love's Metamorphosis is based on the story of Erisichthon's felling of a grove sacred to Ceres from Ovid's Metamorphoses, but here it is love that exhibits the ability to change. The play was written for Paul's Boys and first performed in the 1580s.
The Cultural Impact of an Elizabethan Courtier
Breaking away from the usual portrayals of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, as Elizabeth I's favourite or as alluded to in Shakespeare's Henry V, this volume of twelve essays looks afresh at aspects of Essex's life and career within his cultural and political milieu. Among the topics discussed are his relationship with the theatre, his political views, the circulation of his texts, Ireland, and Lady Penelope Rich. No jacket.
Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious
Objectors to Military Service During the First World War
During the First World War and after, conscientious objectors were vilified, assaulted, imprisoned and, on occasion, executed. This radical and refreshing book combines gender studies, criminology and sociology to explore the treatment of war resisters and the relationship between patriotism and conscience. Drawing on diaries, government papers, legal records, newspapers, magazines and fiction, it examines notions of masculinity and manliness, and explores the different ways in which COs were viewed: as cowards, heroes, criminals, degenerates or upstanding moral figures.
London Landscapes in the Early Nineteenth Century
London has more green space than almost any other city of comparable size. This innovative study explains how this came about. Extensively illustrated with historical maps and plans, it shows how the principles of landscape gardening developed for country houses in the 18th century were imported into the expanding metropolis in the 19th. The results, from the garden squares of Bloomsbury to the green expanses of the Royal Parks, give the city much of its character today.
Murder and Morality in Victorian Britain
The Story of Madeleine Smith
This study of the case of Madeleine Smith, a young, middle-class Glaswegian woman arrested for murder in 1857, examines contemporary perceptions of the case and what this tells us of Victorian life, morality and gender relations. Gender in History series. No jacket.
North East England 1945–2000
Natasha Vall considers how new post-war cultural institutions, such as the regional arts boards and local broadcasting, presented challenges to the hegemony of vernacular traditions in north-eastern England, which metropolitan officials considered a 'cultural desert'. She also discusses the part played by new galleries, music venues and theatres in urban riversides' renewal, focusing on Gateshead, which was long overshadowed by Newcastle but by the end of the millennium was widely acknowledged as a successful culture-led regeneration.
Contesting Home Defence
Men, Women and the Home Guard in the Second World War
Part of the Cultural History of Modern War series, this study explores political challenges to the concept of home defence; the representation of the Home Guard during and after the War; and personal memories of participating in home defence. No jacket.
Britain's Chief Rabbis & the Religious Character of Anglo-Jewry, 1880-1970
Benjamin J Elton presents a radical reinterpretation of Britain's Chief Rabbis from Nathan Adler to Immanuel Jakobovits; and by placing them in their intellectual context, reveals their impact on the religious life of Anglo-Jewry.
A Cultural History of Dustmen, 1780–1870
In this first study of the cultural representation of the dust trade during the 19th century, Brian Maidment shows the ways in which London dustmen were associated with ideas of contamination, dirt, noise and violence. He uses literary, dramatic and graphic evidence to explain how the image of the dustman emerged from late 18th-century assumptions about his work and habits, and discusses Dusty Bob's appearance in the work of Victorian caricaturists, social analysts and writers, notably Mayhew and Dickens.
Queen and Country
Same-sex Desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-45
Emma Vickers's detailed study of the intersection between same-sex desire and British military authority shows how men and women lived, loved and survived in an institution that was, at least publicly, hostile toward same-sex activity. No jacket.
News and Rumour in Jacobean England
Information, Court Politics and Diplomacy, 1618–25
David Coast's study examines how political news was concealed, manipulated and distorted in late Jacobean England, and how the flow of information to and from the king was managed by his Secretaries of State and diplomats.