From the editor
CitationTharaud, B. (2009). From the editor. Nineteenth-Century Prose, 36(2), 5-8.
The Fall 2009 issue of Nineteenth-Century Prose is abundant in range and size. The issue begins with Peter Betjemann’s discussion of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century attitudes toward a crafts tradition in Britain and America, fore-grounded against Marxian and general attitudes toward industrial labor. During this period, the crafts tradition is reflected in attitudes toward the life and work of sixteenth-century artisan Benvenuto Cellini. Although American writers such as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Henry Adams furnish most of the literary reflections on the crafts movement that centered around Boston and New York, Betjemann also engages the English crafts tradition that includes influences from Edinburg and the Cotswolds as well as London. Moreover, in both Britain and America, an awareness of foundational Platonic thought and Renaissance Praxis invigorated nineteenth- and twentieth-century crafts movements. In short, the issue is off to a good start with an inclusive and expansive cultural studies topic. ...