Victorian Era Overview

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Leslie Gail Taylor ENGL 2332-2 Lit of the W.W M. Dodson VICTOIRAN ERA OVERVIEW Queen Victoria ruled Britain from 1837 to 1901; this era represents the modern day term, Victorian. The ideals of the time consisted of devotion to family, public and private responsibility. This was a period of dynamic change.

For many Victorians work was synonymous with the factory. The industrialism time was monolithic and had a significant social impact. Social and political experiences of work both inside and outside the factory changed the work style. The Industrial Revolution introduced skilled labour and the sexual division of employment.

The nineteenth century witnessed an extraordinary rise in urbanization. Cities grew exponentially which forced their inhabitants to observe new patterns of social life. The social geography of the Victorian city evolved into urban spaces. Confidence in their selves was a give away! The architecture tells us about the people of the era more than any other architecture in history.

It made a loud statement about life; it was self-assured, vulgar, and never leaves one in doubt.

The sexually repressed Victorian has become a cliché of modern history. But rather than refusing to discuss the body, Victorians actually created an intricate discourse around it. The commercial culture in the Victorian period consisted of rapid expansion of music halls, pubs, sporting events, and department stores.

The nineteenth century marks an important era in the history of religious practice and change for it witnessed a major conflict with Christianity. Scientific discovery had found explanations of the beginning of the universe, which was challenging the explanation the church offered. However, the Victorian period also saw the growth of alternatives to orthodox religion, which challenged the dominance of the Church of England.

Overall, the Victorian era is a time of rapid change and movement. We...