Everyday Heroism: Victorian Construction of the Heroic Civilian

TitleEveryday Heroism: Victorian Construction of the Heroic Civilian
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsPrice, John
Number of Pages265
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
CityLondon
Abstract

Heroism in the 19th and early 20th centuries is synonymous with military endeavours, imperial adventures and the ‘great men of history’. There was, however, another prominent and influential strand of the idea which has, until now, been largely overlooked. This book seeks to address this oversight and establish new avenues of study by revealing and examining ‘everyday’ heroism; acts of life-risking bravery, undertaken by otherwise ordinary individuals, largely in the course of their daily lives and within quotidian surroundings. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the author charts and investigates the growth and development of this important discourse, presenting in-depth case studies of The Albert Medal and the Carnegie Hero Fund alongside a nationwide analysis of heroism monuments and an exploration of radical approaches to the concept. Unlike its military and imperial counterparts, everyday heroism embraced the heroine and this study reflects that with an examination of female heroism.

URLhttps://www.bloomsbury.com/us/everyday-heroism-victorian-constructions-of-the-heroic-civilian-9781441106650/
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