An Introductory Library Research Guide
Florida Southern College
Information regarding the literature of the Victorian period may be found in many library resources. This guide lists selected reference and general titles related to Victorian Literature. Effective planning during the early stages of your research may help you determine that the library does not contain all of the information you need. Resources which supplement the library's collections may be available from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL transactions may take up to two weeks for specialized materials, so prompt request of these items is imperative. Please keep in mind that ILL service is a supplement to available resources. If it appears that the majority of the resources you need are not available in the library, you probably should consider
changing your topic.
The following pages contain titles of various library resources and explanations of their use that will be helpful in your library research efforts. Your librarians are also a valuable resource; do not hesitate to ask for their assistance at any time.
Sources on Victorian Literature
This selected list of reference and general books on Victorian literature represents a small number of the titles in Roux Library's collection. Additional titles are listed in the online catalogue, which may be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword. Most of these titles are shelved on the third floor, with reference books on the first. Ask a librarian for assistance in locating any item in the collections.
Cyerly, Alison. Realism, Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth--Century Literature. 1998.
Gage, John. J. M. W. Turner: ĎA Wonderful range of Mind.í New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.
Hilton, Timothy. The Pre-Raphaelites. London: Thames and Hudson, 1991.
Jenkyns, Richard. Dignity and Decadence: Victorian Art and the Classical Inheritance.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992. [720.942 / J53]
Nunn, Pamela Garrish. Problem Pictures: Women and Men in Victorian Painting. Ashgate Publishing Co., 1995.
Reynold, Kimberley and Nicola Humble. Victorian Heroines: Representatives of Femininity in Nineteenth Century Literature and Art. New York University, 1994. [820. 9352 / R463]
Walker, John. Joseph Mallord William Turner. New York: Harry N. Abrams.1983.
Watkin, David. English Architecture.: A Concise History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.
Donkin, Ellen. Getting Into the Act: Women Playwrights in London. Routledge, 1996. [822.6099]
Foulkes, Richard. Church and Stage in Victorian England. [792.0941 / F767]
Hibbert, Christopher. Gilbert and Sullivan and Their Victorian World. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1976.
Jenkins, Anthony. The Making of Victorian Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1991. [822.809 / J52]
Southern, Richard. The Victorian Theatre: A Pictorial Survey. New York: Theatre Arts
Books, 1970. [792.0942 / S727]
Taylor, John Russell. The Rise and Fall of the Well-Made Play. New York: Hill and
Wang, 1967. [822.809 / T243]
General Background, Literary History, and Criticism
Altholz, Josef L. ed. The Mind and Art of Victorian England. Minneapolis: University of
Minnesota Press, 1976. [700.942 / M663]
Altick, Richard Daniel. Victorian People and Ideas: A Companion for the Modern Reader
of Victorian Literature. New York: Norton, 1973. [914.20381 / A468]
Bergonzi, Bernard. The Turn of a Century: Essays on Victorian and Modern English
Literature. London: Macmillan, 1973. [820.9008 / B499]
Chapman, Raymond. The Victorian Debate: English Literature and Society, 1832-1901.
New York: Basic Books, 1968. [820.9 / C466v]
Chesterton, Gilbert Keith. The Victorian Age in Literature. London: Williams and
Norgate, 1913. [820.9 / C525v]
Cooke, John Daniel, and Lionel Stevenson. English Literature of the Victorian Period.
New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1949. [820.903 / C772e]
Dawson, Carl. Victorian Noon: English Literature in 1850. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 1979. [820.9008 / D272v]
Frost, G. S. Promises Broken: Courtship, Class, and Gender in Victorian England.
Charlottesville: U. of Virginia Press, 1996. [346.42 / F939]
Gelpi, Barbara Charlesworth. Dark Passages: The Decadent Consciousness in Victorian
Literature. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1965. [820.9 / G321]
Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic. . . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979. [820.99287]
Goldfarb, Russell M. Sexual Repression and Victorian Literature. Lewisburg: Bucknell
University Press, 1970. [820.93 / G618]
Hardman, Malcolm. Six Victorian Thinkers. Manchester University Press, 1991.
[820. 903 / H264]
Houghton, Walter Edwards. The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870. New Haven: Yale
University Press, 1957. [942.081 / H838v]
Jack, Ian Robert James. English Literature, 1815-1832. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963.
[820.903 / J12e]
Kumar, Shiv Kumar, comp. British Victorian Literature: Recent Revaluations. New
York: New York University Press, 1969. [820.9008 / K96]
Langbaum, Robert Woodrow. The Modern Spirit: Essays on the Continuity of
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature. New York: Oxford University Press,
1970. [820.9 / L848]
Levine, Richard A., ed. Backgrounds to Victorian Literature. San Francisco: Chandler
Pub. Co., . [820.9008 / L665b]
Mitchell, Sally, et al., eds. Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Pub.,
1988. [REF / 942.081 / V645]
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1981- [REF /
809.034 / N714]
St. Aubyn, Giles. Queen Victoria. Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992. [942.081 / V645s]
Tillotson, Geoffrey. A View of Victorian Literature. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978.
[820.9008 / T578V]
Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia. Garland Publications, 1988. [R 942. 081]
Williams, Stanley Thomas. Studies in Victorian Literature. Port Washington, NY:
Kennikat Press, 1967. [820.9008 / W727s]
Wilson, A. N. Eminent Victorians. New York: W.W. Norton, 1990. [942.081 / W746]
Wright, Austin, ed. Victorian Literature: Modern Essays in Criticism. New York: Oxford
University Press, 1961. [820.903 / W947v]
Barker, Juliet. The Brontes. St. Martinís Press. [823.81 / B255].
Levine, George Lewis. Darwin and the Novelists. Cambridge: Harvard U. Press, 1988.
[823.8093 / L665]
Halperin, John. Egoism and Self-Discovery in the Victorian Novel: Studies in the Ordeal
of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century. New York: B. Franklin, 1974. [823.8093 /
Horsman, E.A. The Victorian Novel. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford
University Press, 1990. [823.809 / H818]
Knoepflmacher, U.C. Religious Humanism and the Victorian Novel: George Eliot, Walter
Pater, and Samuel Butler. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1965. [823.8091
Levine, George Lewis. Darwin and the Novelists: Patterns of Science in Victorian
Fiction. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988. [823.8093 / L665]
Maison, Margaret M. The Victorian Vision: Studies in the Religious Novel. New York:
Sheed & Ward, 1962. [823.809 / M231v]
MacDonagh, Oliver. Jane Austen: Real and Imagined Worlds. Yale, 1991. [823.74 / M135]
McSweeney, Kerry. George Eliot. St. Martinís Press.
Showalter, Elaine. A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1977.
Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford, CA: Stanford
University Press, 1989. [REF / 823.8 / S966]
Trodd, Anthea. Domestic Crime in the Victorian Novel. New York: St. Martin's Press,
1989. [823.8093 / T843]
Wheeler, Michael. English Fiction of the Victorian Period: 1830-1890. London:
Longman, 1985. [823.809 / W563]
Armstrong, Isobel. The Major Victorian Poets: Reconsiderations. [Lincoln]:
University of Nebraska Press, 1969. [821.809 / M234]
---. Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics, and Politics. 1996. [821.809 / A735]
---. Victorian Scrutinies: Reviews of Poetry, 1830-1870. London: Athlone Press, 1972.
[821.809 / A735]
Ball, Patricia M. The Heart's Event: The Victorian Poetry of Relationships. London:
Athlone Press, 1976. [821.809 / B187]
Curran, Stuart. Poetic Form and British Romanticism. New York: Oxford University
Press, 1986. [821.709 / C976]
Drinkwater, John. Victorian Poetry. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1966.
[821.809 / D781v]
Harrison, Antony B. Victorian Poets and Romantic Poems: Intertextuality and Ideology.
[821.809 / H318]
Johnson, E.D.H. The Alien Vision of Victorian Poetry: Sources of the Poetic Imagination
in Tennyson, Browning, and Arnold. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton U Press, 1952.
Johnson, Wendell Stacy. Sex and Marriage in Victorian Poetry. Ithaca, NY: Cornell
University Press, 1975. [821.809 / J71]
Langbaum, Robert. The Poetry of Experience.
Leighton, Angela. Victorian Women Poets: A Critical Reader. Blackwell, 1996.
Leighton, Angela. Victorian Women Poets: Writing Against the Heart. London: Harvester
Wheatsheaf, 1992. [821.809 / W872L]
Mermin, Dorothy. The Audience in the Poem: Five Victorian Poets. New Brunswick, NJ:
Rutgers University Press, 1983. [821.809 / M566]
---. Godivaís Ride: Women of Letters in England, 1830-1880. University of Indiana, 1993. [820.99287 / M566]
Parkin, Joan. Victorian Women. New York University, 1995. [305.420942 / P447]
Shaw, W. David. The Lucid Veil: Poetic Truth in the Victorian Age. Madison: University
of Wisconsin Press, 1987. [821.809 / S537]
Stevenson, Lionel. Darwin Among the Poets. New York: Russell & Russell, 1963.
[821.8093 / S847d]
Williams, Stanley Thomas. Studies in Victorian Literature. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1967. [820.9008 / W727s]
Woods, George Benjamin. Poetry of the Victorian Period. 3d ed. Chicago: Scott, Foresman, 1965. [821.8082 / W894p]
Beerbohm, Max. Rossetti and His Circle. New ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. [741.5942 / B415]
Boos, Florence Saunders. The Poetry of Dante G. Rossetti: A Critical Reading and Source Study. The Hague: Mouton, 1976. [821.84 / B724]
Doughty, Oswald. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Victorian Romantic. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1949. [928.2 / R829d]
Dunn, Henry Treffry. Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and His Circle (Cheyne Walk life). With a prefatory note by William Michael Rossetti. New York, AMS Press, 1971. [928.2 / R829d2]
Hunt, John Dixon. The Pre-Raphaelite Imagination, 1848-1900. Lincoln: University of
Nebraska Press, 1968. [820.9008 / H941]
Sambrook, James. Pre-Raphaelitism: A Collection of Critical Essays. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974. [700.942 / P927]
Trevelyan, Raleigh. A Pre-Raphaelite Circle. London: Chatto and Windus, 1978.
[820.9 / T812]
Bowyer, John Wilson, and John Lee Brooks, eds. The Victorian Age: Prose, Poetry, and Drama. 2d ed. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1954. [820.82 / B788v]
Broomfield, Andrea and Sally Mitchell. Prose by Victorian Women: An Anthology. New York: Garland, 1996.
Buckler, William Earl, ed. Prose of the Victorian Period. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958. [820.82 / B924p]
Hardman, Malcolm. Six Victorian Thinkers. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991.
[820.903 / H264]
Harrold, Charles Frederick, and William D. Templeman, eds. English Prose of the Victorian Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. [820.82 / H323]
Levine, George Lewis, and William Madden, eds. The Art of Victorian Prose. New York: Oxford University Press, 1968. [828.8 / L665a]
Loesberg, Jonathan. Fictions of Consciousness: Mill, Newman, and the Reading of Victorian Prose. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1986.
[828.808 / L826]
A Selected List of Periodicals in Roux Library
Comparative Literature (Bound) 1957-1959, 1961 - present
Criticism (Bound) 1970 - present
Critique (Bound) 1960 - present
English (Bound) 1964-1979, 1981 - present
Explicator (Bound) 1942-1948, 10/49-1956, 1960 - present
Nineteenth Century Literature (Bound) 1986 - present
Notes & Queries (Bound) 1962-1963, 1965 - present
Review of English Studies (Bound) 1963 - present
Sewannee Review (Bound) 1939 - present
Victorian Poetry (Bound) 1963 - present
Victorian Studies (Bound) 1957 - present
Western Humanities Review (Bound) 1955 - present
Many journals in Roux are available in electronic format only; ask a librarian for help in using the Ebsco host to search for articles on your topic.
Book Reviews and Periodical Indexes
The Periodical Holdings List identifies periodicals in the Library collection `and indicates the format and years for each title.
Current periodicals and bound periodical volumes for titles currently received are shelved on the first floor, with selected discontinued titles shelved on the third floor. Periodicals retained on microfilm and microfiche are shelved in the microform section in the northwest corner of the first floor.
The following indexes contain articles on Victorian literature and authors, and summaries and criticism of major works in addition to the general subject emphasis indicated by the title of each. The book review indexes provide information about the contents, quality, and intended audience for books related to your subject.
Abstracts of English Studies. Published since 1958, AES indicates the contents of articles from approximately 500 journals related to literature. Abstracts are "intended as a quick guide to the basic utility of the article." Articles on general literary themes and authors are
Biography Index. This index contains biographical material from periodicals and current books. Biographies include authors, politicians, artists, business and entertainment figures, and others from all time periods. Includes an index to professions and occupations.
Book Review Digest. New York: H.W. Wilson Co.
[Library has 1905 - present]
Book Review Index. Detroit: Gale Research Inc.
[Library has 1965 - present]
Bulletin of Bibliography. "Publishes bibliographies on a wide range of topics in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts." Bibliographies for authors often list works, reviews and criticism.
Essay and General Literature Index. Essays on humanities and social sciences topics from hundreds of books are indexed by author and subject. Biographical and critical material is included.
Humanities Index. Author and subject entries to articles from more than 340 periodicals. Works of fiction, drama and poetry are indexed, along with interviews and reviews of theatrical productions.
MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures. Published by the Modern Language Association, this comprehensive index is a rich source of criticism for the student of literature. The library now has this index in electronic form; ask a librarian for assistance.
Victorian Literature on the Internet
A great deal of useful information and interesting images related to the Victorian period can be found on the internet. You can find many Victorian things using your web browser. Try typing in several topics of interest to see what you can find. Many Victorian authors have their own home pages. For a starting point, try these sites:
Victorian Web Overview at http: // www. stg. brown. edu
The Voice of the Shuttle; English Literature; Victorian
FSC English Department at http: // www. flsouthern. edu / eng / links.htm
Many primary works of the Victorian era are available on line; see:
Gutenberg Project at www.gutenberg. net
A Valuable database available through the Roux Library home page on the FSC website is EBSCO; the OED is also available on-line through Roux.