Charles Kingsley : faith, flesh, and fantasy / edited by Jonathan Conlin and Jan Marten Ivo Klaver.

  • New York, NY : Routledge, 2021.
  • ©2021
xv, 268 pages ; 24 cm.


Kingsley, Charles, 1819-1875Criticism and interpretationCongresses [Browse]
Routledge studies in cultural history ; 100. [More in this series]
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"Novelist, poet, Anglican priest and controversialist, Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) epitomises the bustling Victorian man of faith and letters, a prolific polymath as ready to break a lance with John Henry Newman over Christian doctrine as he was to preach to schoolchildren on the virtues of manly, physical struggle. Kingsley's The Water-Babies and Westward Ho! were best-sellers which became classics of children's literature. Kingsley has come to epitomize the Victorian age. On closer inspection Kingsley is harder to categorise: a socialist who was also an imperialist, a Chartist revolutionary who was Queen Victoria's favourite novelist, a natural theologian who popularized Darwin, a priest who celebrated sex as sacrament, Kingsley only appears straightforward if you consider him one piece at a time. The debates he shaped remain with us today: faith and sexuality, economics and exploitation, race and identity. The aim of this book is to present the whole man: to consider the public crusades for public health alongside the most private sexual fantasies of sexual intercourse; to consider the ardent imperialist alongside the Darwinist. It will be of interest to all students of Victorian Studies, as well as of British/Imperial History, Church History and especially the History of Science"-- Provided by publisher.
The papers presented in this volume mainly emerged from a workshop the editors convened at the Gladstone Library in Hawarden, Flintshire, in July 2017.
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