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Reading List:

Understanding the Victorians: Politics, Culture and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain
S. L. Steinbach, 2012, Routledge

Understanding the Victorians paints a vivid portrait of the era, combining broad survey with close analysis, and introduces students to the critical debates taking place among historians today. It encompasses all of Great Britain and Ireland over the whole of the Victorian period, giving prominence to social and cultural topics alongside politics and economics and emphasising class, gender, and racial and imperial positioning as constitutive of human relations. Steinbach uses thematic chapters to discuss and evaluate politics, imperialism, the economy, class, gender, the monarchy, arts and entertainment, religion, sexuality, religion, and science, as well as providing three much-needed chapters on topics rarely covered at this introductory level on space, consumption, and the law. With a clear introduction outlining the key themes of the period, a detailed timeline, and suggestions for further reading, this is the ideal companion for all students of the nineteenth century.

K. Boyd & R. McWilliam (2007) The Victorian Studies Reader (Routledge); T. Deary & M. Brown (2007) The Vile Victorians (Scholastic); G. H. Gerzina (2003) Black Victorians/Black Victoriana (Rutgers University Press); C. L. Krueger (2002) Functions of Victorian Culture at the Present Time (Ohio University Press); S. Mitchell (2008) Daily Life in Victorian England: Revised Edition (Greenwood Press); M. Moran (2006) Victorian Literature and Culture (Continuum); D. Sandner [Ed.] (2013) The Treasury of the Fantastic (Tachyon); M. Sweet (2002) Inventing the Victorians (Faber & Faber)

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Library Word: vagarious (adj.) - erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction.

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Recent TV/DVD Viewing:

Four Horsemen, Ross Ashcroft, 2012

Twenty-three leading thinkers explain how the world really works and the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster. The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned.

This Is England, Shane Meadows, 2006; The Corporation, Joel Bakan, 2006; The Crisis of Civilization, Dean Puckett, 2011; The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin, 2009; The War You Don't See, John Pilger, 2010; The New Rulers of the World, John Pilger, 2001; In the Valley of Elah, Paul Haggis, 2007; Maangamizi, Martin Mhando, Ron Mulvihill, 2001; Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine, 2011

Top Twenty Favourite Videos:

Featuring Senser, Rafeef Ziadah, Alex Harvey Band, Rage Against the Machine, Sigur Ros, Karine Polwart, Simon Munnery, Efterklang, Professor Elemental, Benjamin Zephaniah, Bjork, Crass, Antiproduct, Radiohead, Eva Cassidy, Dan & Dan, Liza Minnelli, John Agard, Pharrell Williams, and The Mighty Boosh.

Recent Spotify® downloads:

Ishq, 'Skyspaces', 'Orchid', and 'Lyght'; Bark Psychosis, 'Codename: Dustsucker'; Talvin Singh, 'OK'; Bob Marley and the Wailers, 'Exodus'; D'Gary, 'Akata Meso'; Banco De Gaia, 'Songs from the Silk Road'; Loop Guru, 'Duniya...The Intrinsic Passion Of Mysterious Joy'; Third World, '96° In The Shade'.

Love, virtue, knowledge, art, worship - lose yourself in any of these, and you will find your true self. © Y. Y. Islam 2014, all rights reserved. All mind maps produced using Inspiration ® 7.5 English edition.