About The Victorian Sage

This blog initially consisted of my ruminations on various aspects of Victorian literature and culture, and contemporary intersections with same, especially in the form of film and TV adaptations. This was while I was a PhD student in Comparative Literature in DCU (Dublin City University), and this blog helped me assimilate the various texts, theories and bodies of knowledge I encountered by applying them in small ways in short posts.

The Victorian Sage is the title of a 1953 book by John Holloway looking at a mode of writing characteristic of the Victorian Era, a mode whose exponents passed judgement on the society surrounding and prescribed how society should be conducted and how, in general, life was to be lived,  positing unalterable moral principles. They often affected a prophetical and hortatory tone. Thomas Carlyle, Matthew Arnold and John Ruskin are perhaps the classic examples, but the style of discourse permeated the work of many novelists of the time, as well, and is found in several important later writers.

My PhD thesis is available open-access from DCU’s doras research repository: The Unspeakable Victorian: Thomas Carlyle, Ideology and Adaptation (2016)

By titling my blog The Victorian Sage, I do not intend any self-reference. That would be immodest.

My research was supported by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) postgraduate scheme from 2012 to 2015.

From July 2016, I began work in DCU’s Higher Education Research Centre. Accordingly, the subjects discussed in this blog have broadened out to include various elements of third-level education and other sociological and philosophical topics.


My page on academia.edu: https://dcu.academia.edu/MarkWallace