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Matrices of Subjectivity: The Discourse of Learning in Victorian Literature

Mattingly, Hans (2010) Matrices of Subjectivity: The Discourse of Learning in Victorian Literature. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Learning was an important trope in the literature of the Victorian period, particularly to the extent that it shaped subjectivity. Alongside such textual elements as voice, character, and setting, the theme of learning responded to the historical and institutional forces exerted upon human existence in this phase of British history. In this period, a new consciousness of political and cultural possibility permeated the social field. This new consciousness was largely democratic and often made gestures towards the universal. Learning was a significant means through which many Victorian writers sought to negotiate the gap between individual experience and this larger social horizon.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mattingly, Hanshamst20@pitt.eduHAMST20
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTwyning, Johntwyning@pitt.eduTWYNING
Committee MemberMecchia, Giuseppinamecchia@pitt.eduMECCHIA
Committee MemberArac, Jonathanjarac@pitt.eduJARAC
Committee MemberLatta, Kimberlyksl1@pitt.eduKSL1
Date: 28 January 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 October 2009
Approval Date: 28 January 2010
Submission Date: 25 November 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning and Scholarship in Literature; Knowledge
Other ID:, etd-11252009-145515
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:06
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:52


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