CHARLES KINGSLEY'S the WATER-BABIES: INDUSTRIAL ENGLAND, the IRISH FAMINE, and the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

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Abstract

Charles Kingsley's children's novel The Water-Babies (WB), written in the spring and summer of 1862, is a politically anxious text. In this essay I argue that although The Water-Babies' overall structure appears to be chaotic and arbitrary - J. M. I. Klaver, for example, deems the work a Victorian fantasy crowded with Kingsley's hobby-horses where he pour[s] out whatever he had on his mind (517) - in fact Kingsley's disquietude concerning the Irish Famine, U.S. slavery, and the condition of the British working classes provides a logical framework for the text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-204
Number of pages26
JournalVictorian Literature and Culture
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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CHARLES KINGSLEY'S the WATER-BABIES : INDUSTRIAL ENGLAND, the IRISH FAMINE, and the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. / Judd, Catherine.

In: Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 45, No. 1, 01.03.2017, p. 179-204.

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