Neo-Victorianism

The Victorians in the Twenty-First Century, 1999-2009

Author: Ann Heilmann,Mark Llewellyn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230281699

Category: Fiction

Page: 323

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This field-defining book offers an interpretation of the recent figurations of neo-Victorianism published over the last ten years. Using a range of critical and cultural viewpoints, it highlights the problematic nature of this 'new' genre and its relationship to re-interpretative critical perspectives on the nineteenth century.
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Gender and Ventriloquism in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction

Passionate Puppets

Author: H. Davies

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137271167

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 219

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Is ventriloquism just for dummies? What is at stake in neo-Victorian fiction's desire to 'talk back' to the nineteenth century? This book explores the sexual politics of dialogues between the nineteenth century and contemporary fiction, offering a new insight into the concept of ventriloquism as a textual and metatextual theme in literature.
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Science and Religion in Neo-Victorian Novels

Eye of the Ichthyosaur

Author: John Glendening

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134088345

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has expanded rapidly in the last fifteen years but given little attention to the engagement between science and religion. Of great interest to Victorians, this subject often appears in neo-Victorian novels including those by such well-known authors as John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Graham Swift, and Mathew Kneale. This book discusses novels in which nineteenth-century science, including geology, paleontology, and evolutionary theory, interacts with religion through accommodations, conflicts, and crises of faith. In general, these texts abandon conventional religion but retain the ethical connectedness and celebration of life associated with spirituality at its best. Registering the growth of nineteenth-century secularism and drawing on aspects of the romantic tradition and ecological thinking, they honor the natural world without imagining that it exists for humans or functions in reference to human values. In particular, they enact a form of wonderment: the capacity of the mind to make sense of, creatively adapt, and enjoy the world out of which it has evolved — in short, to endow it with meaning. Protagonists who come to experience reality in this expansive way release themselves from self-anxiety and alienation. In this book, Glendening shows how, by intermixing past and present, fact and fiction, neo-Victorian narratives, with a few instructive exceptions, manifest this pattern.
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Twenty-First Century Fiction

What Happens Now

Author: S. Adiseshiah,R. Hildyard

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137035188

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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This lively new volume of essays examines what happens now in 21st century fiction. Fresh theoretical approaches to writers such as Salman Rushdie, David Peace, Margaret Atwood, and Hilary Mantel, and identifications of 21st-century themes, tropes and styles combine to produce a timely critical intervention into genuinely contemporary fiction.
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Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire

Author: Elizabeth Ho

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441187707

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Examining the global dimensions of Neo-Victorianism, this book explores how the appropriation of Victorian images in contemporary literature and culture has emerged as a critical response to the crises of decolonization and Imperial collapse. � Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire explores the phenomenon by reading a range of popular and literary Anglophone neo-Victorian texts, including Alan Moore's Graphic Novel From Hell, works by Peter Carey and Margaret Atwood, the films of Jackie Chan and contemporary 'Steampunk' science fiction. Through these readings� Elizabeth Ho explores how constructions of popular memory and fictionalisations of the past reflect political and psychological engagements with our contemporary post-Imperial circumstances.
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A New Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture

Author: Herbert F. Tucker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118624483

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 584

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The Victorian period was a time of rapid cultural change, whichresulted in a huge and varied literary output. A New Companionto Victorian Literature and Culture offers experienced guidanceto the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its social andhistorical context. This revised and expanded edition comprisescontributions from over 30 leading scholars who, approaching theVictorian epoch from different positions and traditions, delve intothe unruly complexities of the Victorian imagination. Divided into five parts, this new companion surveys sevendecades of history before examining the keys phases in a Victorianlife, the leading professions and walks of life, the majorVictorian literary genres, and the way Victorians defined theirpersons, their homes, and their national identities. Importanttopics such as sexuality, denominational faith, social class, andglobal empire inform each chapter’s approach. Each chapterprovides a comprehensive bibliography of established and emergingscholarship.
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Cross-Gendered Literary Voices

Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing

Author: R. Kim,C. Westall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113702075X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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This book investigates male writers' use of female voices and female writers' use of male voices in literature and theatre from the 1850s to the present, examining where, how and why such gendered crossings occur and what connections may be found between these crossings and specific psychological, social, historical and political contexts.
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Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle

Multi-Media Afterlives

Author: S. Vanacker,C. Wynne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137291567

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Sherlock Holmes is an iconic figure within cultural narratives. More recently, Conan Doyle has also appeared as a fictional figure in contemporary novels and films, confusing the boundaries between fiction and reality. This collection investigates how Holmes and Doyle have gripped the public imagination to become central figures of modernity.
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Oliver!

A Dickensian Musical

Author: Marc Napolitano

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190207302

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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When the show was first produced in 1960, at a time when transatlantic musical theatre was dominated by American productions, Oliver! already stood out for its overt Englishness. But in writing Oliver!, librettist and composer Lionel Bart had to reconcile the Englishness of his Dickensian source with the American qualities of the integrated book musical. To do so, he turned to the musical traditions that had defined his upbringing: English music hall, Cockney street singing, and East End Yiddish theatre. This book reconstructs the complicated biography of Bart's play, from its early inception as a pop musical inspired by a marketable image, through its evolution into a sincere Dickensian adaptation that would push English musical theatre to new dramatic heights. The book also addresses Oliver!'s phenomenal reception in its homeland, where audiences responded to the musical's Englishness with a nationalistic fervor. The musical, which has more than fulfilled its promise as one of the most popular English musicals of all time, remains one of the country's most significant shows. Author Marc Napolitano shows how Oliver!'s popularity has ultimately exerted a significant influence on two separate cultural trends. Firstly, Bart's adaptation forever impacted the culture text of Dickens's Oliver Twist; to this day, the general perception of the story and the innumerable allusions to the novel in popular media are colored heavily by the sights, scenes, sounds, and songs from the musical, and virtually every major adaptation of from the 1970s on has responded to Bart's work in some way. Secondly, Oliver! helped to move the English musical forward by establishing a post-war English musical tradition that would eventually pave the way for the global dominance of the West End musical in the 1980s. As such, Napolitano's book promises to be an important book for students and scholars in musical theatre studies as well as to general readers interested in the megamusical.
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Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature

Wuthering Heights and Company

Author: H. Shachar

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137262877

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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Film and television adaptations of classic literature have held a longstanding appeal for audiences, an appeal that this book sets out to examine. With a particular focus on Wuthering Heights , the book examines adaptations made from the 1930s to the twenty-first century, providing an understanding of how they help shape our cultural landscape.
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