By John Plotz
What fueled the Victorian ardour for hair-jewelry and memorial earrings? while could a regular item metamorphose from commodity to important relic? In Portable Property, John Plotz examines the hot function performed by means of moveable items in persuading Victorian Britons that they can go back and forth in a foreign country with non secular sentiments, kin ties, and nationwide identification intact. In an empire outlined as a lot via the stream of capital as through strength of hands, the problem of holding Englishness whereas residing abroad turned a important Victorian preoccupation, making a urgent desire for gadgets which can easily shuttle overseas as personifications of Britishness. whilst a significantly new dating among money worth and mawkish institutions arose in convinced resonant mementoes--in teacups, earrings, sprigs of heather, and handkerchiefs, yet such a lot of all in books.
Portable Property examines how culture-bearing items got here to face for far-off humans and areas, developing or retaining a feeling of self and group regardless of geographic dislocation. Victorian novels--because they themselves got here to be understood because the fundamental transportable property--tell the tale of this alteration such a lot basically. Plotz analyzes a variety of works, paying specific awareness to George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Anthony Trollope's Eustace Diamonds, and R. D. Blackmore's Lorna Doone. He additionally discusses Thomas Hardy and William Morris's vehement assault at the very thought of cultural portability. the result's a richer knowing of the position of gadgets in British tradition at domestic and out of the country through the Age of Empire.