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Title:Rite of Association: The Figure of the Secret Society and Victorian Democratic Debate
Author(s):Pionke, Albert David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Anderson, Amanda
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Literature, English
Abstract:Individual chapters focus on the contextually-specific role that the figure of the secret society was made to play in England during several key moments of democratic stress, including the passage of the Catholic Relief Act (1829), the trial of the Glasgow Spinners (1838), the controversy over Tractarian reserve (1838), the so-called "papal aggression" (1850), the Indian Mutiny (1857--58), and the unification of Italy (1859--70). These events and the democratic debates surrounding them serve as the context for close readings of literary texts like Thomas Carlyle's Sartor Resartus (1833--34), Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone (1860) and The Woman in White (1868), Charles Dickens's Barnaby Rudge (1841), and Benjamin Disraeli's Sybil (1845) and Lothair (1870).
Issue Date:2000
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:302 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81516
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9990107
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000


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