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Time Travelers

Victorian Encounters with Time and History

Edited by Adelene Buckland and Sadiah Qureshi

Time Travelers

Edited by Adelene Buckland and Sadiah Qureshi

With a Foreword by Mary Beard
312 pages | 24 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2020
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226676791 Published May 2020
Cloth $82.50 ISBN: 9780226676654 Published May 2020
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The Victorians, perhaps more than any Britons before them, were diggers and sifters of the past. Though they were not the first to be fascinated by history, the intensity and range of their preoccupations with the past were unprecedented and of lasting importance. The Victorians paved the way for our modern disciplines, discovered the primeval monsters we now call the dinosaurs, and built many of Britain’s most important national museums and galleries. To a large degree, they created the perceptual frameworks through which we continue to understand the past.
 
Out of their discoveries, new histories emerged, giving rise to fresh debates, while seemingly well-known histories were thrown into confusion by novel tools and methods of scrutiny. If in the eighteenth century the study of the past had been the province of a handful of elites, new technologies and economic development in the nineteenth century meant that the past, in all its brilliant detail, was for the first time the property of the many, not the few. Time Travelers is a book about the myriad ways in which Victorians approached the past, offering a vivid picture of the Victorian world and its historical obsessions.
 
Contents
Foreword
Mary Beard

Introduction
Adelene Buckland

Part One: Narratives

1. Looking to Our Ancestors
Sadiah Qureshi

2. Looking Around the World
Peter Mandler

3. The World beneath Our Feet
Adelene Buckland

Part Two: Origins

4. Ad Fontes
Simon Goldhill

5. In the Beginning
Helen Brookman

6. Under False Pretenses
Astrid Swenson

7. Through the Proscenium Arch
Rachel Bryant Davies

Part Three: Time in Transit

8. On Pilgrimage
Michael Ledger-Lomas

9. Across the Divide
David Gange

10. At Sea
Clare Pettitt

Part Four: Unfinished Business

11. Looking Forward
Jocelyn Betts

12. How We Got Here
Daniel Wilson

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
List of Illustrations
Index
Review Quotes
Crosbie Smith, University of Kent
“A feast of historical insights into Victorian life and culture, Time Travelers is an original volume certain to become a classic in its multifaceted field. This invaluable work from an impressive array of scholarly contributors combines depth with wide appeal.”
Kate Flint, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
"This is an excellently conceived collection that manages a tough balancing act very well indeed. It manages to cover a huge range of topics and approaches to the Victorians’ engagement with their past, and at the same time is to be commended for its unity. Time Travelers serves as a model of what can result not just from critical and reflective engagement on a theme, but from sustained conversations around research and writing. I look forward to seeing the impact this terrific volume will assuredly make on Victorian scholarship."
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