Victorian Jewelry, Identity, and the Novel: Prisms of Culture

Jean Arnold

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Page count: 182 pages

File size: 2.7 MB

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Language: English

Jean Arnold explores the role material objects play in the cultural cohesion of the West, arguing that gems symbolized the most closely held beliefs of the Victorians and thus can be considered “prisms of culture.” Her close readings of works by Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope show jewels turned into symbols of power, personal relationships, and valued ideas that serve to bind the materialist culture together.