KAILL McNEIL: ALTER-NARRATIVES 09/21/2021

Kaill McNeil: ALTER-NARRATIVES 09/21/2021

Kaill McNeill: ALTER-NARRATIVES 09/21/2021

A SENSE OF HISTORY

By Kaill McNeill

Not A Monolith

History can be a tricky thing. As complexed and nuanced as it is massive, existing roughly as long as humans have been self-aware. Given the depth and breadth of the subject matter, getting a handle on ‘sense’ history can be like nailing down Jell-O. Newtown knows many have tried. Because of this complexity, there has been a tendency to compress things into neat little boxes, monoliths of a sort. There is very little distinction made between the late-Georgian [1800-1837] and Victorian [1837-1901] periods in English history. The preference being to lump them into The 19th Century. Everyone from Jane Austen to Lord Byron referred to as ‘Victorian Authors’ despite both being in the ground by 1825, when George IV still had a good five years left on the clock.

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