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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Faber & Faber; Auflage: New Ed (4. November 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0571206638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571206636
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,6 x 1,8 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 30.621 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Matthew Sweet's Inventing the Victorians sets out to rescue the Victorians from their prudish and stuffy reputation. A century after Queen Victoria's death there is a scramble to re-evaluate and explode many of the myths attached to Victorian Britain which started with Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians (1913) and have been cultivated ever since by assorted Freudian analysts, feminists, strait-laced historians, political spin-doctors (remember Margaret Thatcher's "Victorian values") and lazy media types. Through a 13-chapter tour of the wilder side of 19th-century Britain--theatrical spectacle, contact ads, WT Stead's investigative journalism, opium dens, etiquette and cookery books, freak shows, boys' adventure stories and the amusing tale of what Prince Albert kept in his pants--Sweet argues the case for the Victorians being more sexually liberated, more obsessed with sensational events and public lives and for being greater consumers of narcotics, pornography and the bizarre than they have ever been given credit. They were, in other words, more like us than we realise. What a depressing thought. This book is a fun read: it is clever, informative and provocative, although too often the journalist inside the author leaps from a suggestive idea to a monstrous exaggeration. Matthew Sweet is not of course the first to unveil the Victorians. Some readers may wonder whether yet another account is really required of the Rugeley murders, the "Elephant Man", Walter's Secret Life, and the Victorian dependence on opium. And as for Prince Albert--his nether regions have long been the subject of scholarly discussion-lists on North American Victorian Studies Web sites. But the time is right to relocate the Victorians and Sweet's book does just that. --Miles Taylor -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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'This is a profoundly stimulating and entertaining book'. D. J. Taylor, Sunday Times; 'Matthew Sweet has opened a blast of fresh air into the hothouse of Victorian studies. His book is packed with weird and wonderful information'. Spectator; 'He tells his revisionist version exceedingly well, describing a lurid thrill-seeking populace avid for sensation. Colourful characters parade through chapters that demonstrate how innovative, fast-paced, diverse and radical the era was. Sweet has turned his scholarly research through the detritus of high and low 19th-century culture into a page-turning piece of pop-culture history... A darned good read, and no mistake,' Big Issue

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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Niclas Grabowski TOP 500 REZENSENTVINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 12. Februar 2007
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Das vorliegende Buch von Matthew Sweet liefert eine Analyse der Unterschiede zwischen unserer heutigen Wahrnehmung des Viktorianischen Zeitalters und den tatsächlich vorhandenen politischen und gesellschaftlichen Strukturen in Großbritannien in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Für den deutschen Leser ist dabei weniger das Widerlegen der vielen populären Mythen über die Zeit spannend. Waren die Viktorianer nun wirklich so viktorianisch im Liebesleben? Eigentlich egal, Sex gab es schließlich immer, jedenfalls ist keine ungewöhnlich niedrige Geburtenrate aus der Zeit überliefert. Aber Berichte über die besondere Rolle von Prostitution in London im 19. Jahrhundert, die Bigotterie der Zeitgenossen, die Künstler, die das Thema auf besondere Art dargestellt haben (Wilde, Beardsley, Sickert usw.) sind schon spannend zu lesen. Das Buch verrät einen ungewöhnlichen Arbeitsaufwand. Es ist entstanden, in dem der Autor viele Sekundär- und Primärquellen über das Alltagsleben auswertet, um das Lebensgefühl des späten 19. Jahrhunderts für den Leser nachvollziehbar zu machen.

Aber auch jenseits des Themas Sex spürt Sweet interessantes auf. Es ist das erste Zeitalter mit Massenmedien, die der heutigen Presse vergleichbar sind. Drogen und andere Genussmittel spielen eine große Rolle. Es bildet sich eine Unterhaltungskultur mit Spektakeln und Sensationen. Und auch das Verbrechen, insbesondere in der Form des berühmten Serienmörders, prägt die Wahrnehmung der Zeit. Und auch über gutes Benehmen, über das Verhältnis von Mann und Frau und die romantische Liebe gibt es viel zu erzählen.
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Erudite and Entertaining View about the Victorians 24. August 2005
Von Tsuyoshi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Matthew Sweet did a great job to reinvent the images of the Victorians as we know them. Sweet convincingly presents the vivid portrait of the people who loved fun and thrills as we do now. His scope is a little wider than it should be, but his book provides fascinating views on the Victorian world.

See the following examples. Many believe today that the Victorians were so prudish that they covered the legs of a piano with clothe. Matthew Sweet, showing a contemporary illustration of a piano with uncovered legs, gives us a more reasonable explanation about the popular myth of the covered piano legs. In other places of his book, Sweet shows substantial amount of evidences about the Victorian's attitudes about sex, which are ironically more liberated than those of the Bloomsbury set who ridiculed the preceding generations.

Many popular ideas about the 19th century England are challenged -- like our ideas about thier male-dominated family -- and Matthew Sweet successfully debunks them. Not that the book is preachy or didactic. Far from it. The book is always readable and never fails to be interesting with the intriguing historical anecdotes about the first junk mail (coming from a dentist), ancestors of modern cinema, craze about celebrity, and sensationalism of tabroids, all of which we inherited from the Victorians.

For all the readable sentences and the notes the book provides, you may not like some parts of 'Inventing the Victorains.' I'm not talking about the content, but the style of composing the book. Each chapter begins with modern topics as introductory part in a bit far-fetched way. To tell the Victorians' fascination about the visual arts, Matthew Sweet begins with his own episodes about the 2000 Cannes Film Festival where he witnessed some new techiniques. Even Monica Lewinsky's promotional tour in England (where the author met her at a bookshop) is used to introduce one chapter. Do we need that, even if he made a point putting these two things -- old and new -- side by side? It depends.

And the topics dealt here are many, too many, you might say. Many names appear fleetingly, but in many cases I am afraid you (and I) never heard of them before. To describe the cinematic innovation, he writes "cinemascope, 3-D, Smell-o-Vision, 'Emergo' ... and 'Percepto'" before citing the name of 'The Blair Witch Project' and Marchant/Ivory films. And they are all in one chapter. If you don't know director William Castle and his films, you don't know what the 'Emergo' vision is like. Well, just a quibble.

Fortunately, however, you just can just skip over these minor things. Actually, most part of the book is both erudite and entertaining, feat few people can achieve. Episodes quoted here are often about interior decoration, cooking, sex scandals, media circus, porno, and even serial killers, topics we all are familiar to. Recommended to anyone who is interested in this era.
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Good, but a bit limited 13. März 2003
Von Marty G. Price - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Sweet provides good refutation for some of the unfortunate images of the Victorian world (Sweet demonstrates that some Victorians allowed naked piano legs!). :-) He offers delightful, detailed accounts of Victorian tightrope walkers (Blondin), opium sellers, "freaks," and homosexuals, among others. However, 232 pages of anecdotes and examples just does not provide enough range to demonstrate that "Everything we think we know about the Victorians is wrong." It is a huge topic, rather larger than this quite enjoyable book.
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What the Victorian world was *really* like 26. Dezember 2013
Von Kurt A. Johnson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I consider myself something of a minor student of the Victorian era, and when I hear pundits and commentators disparaging the Victorians, they often seem to be talking in terms of stereotypes, rather than reality. Apparently, this same observation has aroused Matthew Sweet to write this monograph, to set the record straight. Herein, Mr. Sweet looks at what the Victorians were really like, and how they lived lives surprisingly similar to modern Britons. The book contains chapters on such things as Victorian freak shows, pornography, morals, and so much more.

I found this book to be a quite fascinating history, one that covers subjects rarely found in other history books. The author left very few stones unturned, covering subjects with a surprising frankness. My one complaint against this book is that I did find the chapters a little too long, with the author dragging out the subject to near exhaustion. However, I must say that that is a matter of taste, and another reader might quite enjoy the depth of detail.

So, if you are interested in the Victorians, and what the Victorian world was *really* like, then I highly recommend that you get this book!
First-rate history 29. Dezember 2009
Von Jenny - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found this book to be fascinating, informative, and quite thought-provoking. Matthew Sweet is a true historian, who brings to bear a keen eye to his topic. Sweet's handling of the subject of the Victorians is so deft, rooted not only in primary sources, but also in an understanding of the ways in which ideas are formed throughout various historical eras. I love the way he deciphers evidence and clues, and connects the formation of interpretations of the past to specific eras (thereby uncovering their origins and intent.) One rarely reads history that is so probing and so thought-provoking. A wonderful book! I look forward to reading more of Sweet's excellent work.
eh, not bad 2. Januar 2009
Von Phillip Fry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is a light, airy read. It has a distinct British feel to it. This work is filled to the brim with very thoroughly investigated research. Yet, somehow, it doesn't at all turn into a bore in the way that so many other historical comparisons do. It definitely puts a different spin on my view of the Victorian era, most specifically, Victorian England. After all, that's really what the book is about. So I suppose the author hit his mark!
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