November 16, 2012

Week 8 Questions


An engraving of Manchester, 1850

For the week 8 seminar on Carlyle and Engels, think about:

  • What features does Carlyle present as characteristic of modernity? How does he characterise the social and spiritual effects of industrialisation, and what values does he suggest have been lost?
  • Carlyle was one of the most influential thinkers of his era: how would you account for the strength of his appeal? What anxieties does he engage with, and does he offer a convincing solution to the problems he identifies?
  • What affinities can you identify between Engels's and Carlyle's attitudes to, and analyses of, the conditions of the working classes? How are the working classes represented in comparison to other texts studied?
  • What is Engels's attitude to women workers and the redefinition of gender roles that industrialism has created?

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