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School of Humanities Research Seminar: ‘Muck & Class: Money, Identity & Social Politics in Mrs. Gore’s “The Two Aristocracies” (1857)’
November 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dr Keith Linley (BGU): ‘Muck & Class: Money, Identity & Social Politics in Mrs. Gore’s “The Two Aristocracies” (1857)’
This paper explores the various social, personal, political and economic interfaces encountered in Mrs
Gore’s 1857 novel. Referencing de Tocqueville’s identification of the new aristocracy of the capitalist
Industrial entrepreneur, it considers the uneasy meeting of old landed families with the new power of a
successful middle class seeking political status and social parity. Through examples from some canonical
novels of the period, the paper identifies some of the anxieties felt about capitalism and speculation,
tensions between the classes, hypocrisy about the origins of family money and the snobbery suffered by
the men who manufactured the machinery that drove the Industrial Revolution. Money and class are recurrent
themes in 19th century fiction. This late work mixes common themes. It is a case of Fashionable Novel meets
Factory Novel with Bildungsroman as go-between.
All talks are free to attend; refreshments provided.
For further information, please contact the convenor:
Dr R C F von Friedeburg (Reader in History), email@example.com