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The Powers of Distance
Author: Amanda Anderson

ISBN: 9780691074979
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 16 September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2
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Combining analysis of Victorian literature and culture with forceful theoretical argument, "The Powers of Distance" examines the progressive potential of those forms of cultivated detachment associated with Enlightenment and modern thought. Amanda Anderson explores a range of practices in nineteenth-century British culture, including methods of objectivity in social science, practices of omniscience in artistic realism, and the complex forms of affiliation in Victorian cosmopolitanism. Anderson demonstrates that many writers--including George Eliot, John Stuart Mill, Charlotte Bronte, Matthew Arnold, and Oscar Wilde--thoughtfully address the challenging moral questions that attend stances of detachment. In so doing, she offers a revisionist account of Victorian culture and a tempered defense of detachment as an ongoing practice and aspiration.

"The Powers of Distance" illuminates its historical object of study and provides a powerful example for its theoretical argument, showing that an ideal of critical detachment underlies the ironic modes of modernism and postmodernism as well as the tradition of Enlightenment thought and criti...

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