Neo Victorianism and Sensation Fiction

Neo Victorianism and Sensation Fiction

This book represents the first full-length study of the relationship between neo-Victorianism and nineteenth-century sensation fiction.

Author: Jessica Cox

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030292904

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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This book represents the first full-length study of the relationship between neo-Victorianism and nineteenth-century sensation fiction. It examines the diverse and multiple legacies of Victorian popular fiction by authors such as Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, tracing their influence on a range of genres and works, including detective fiction, YA writing, Gothic literature, and stage and screen adaptations. In doing so, it forces a reappraisal of critical understandings of neo-Victorianism in terms of its origins and meanings, as well as offering an important critical intervention in popular fiction studies. The work traces the afterlife of Victorian sensation fiction, taking in the neo-Gothic writing of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt, contemporary popular historical detective and YA fiction by authors including Elizabeth Peters and Philip Pullman, and the literary fiction of writers such as Joanne Harris and Charles Palliser. The work will appeal to scholars and students of Victorian fiction, neo-Victorianism, and popular culture alike.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Nonetheless, she makes some important points regarding the significance of both Victorian and neo-Victorian sensation fiction – notably, acknowledging both genres' overarching concern with the present, even as they set out to explore ...

Author: Jessica Cox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781137471727

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

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Since the establishment of sensation fiction in the 1860s, key trends have emerged in critical readings of these texts. From Victorian responses emphasising the 'lowbrow' or potentially dangerous qualities of the genre to the prolific critical attention of the present day, this Reader's Guide identifies the dominant approaches to sensation fiction and charts the critical trends of various scholarly evaluations and interpretations. With coverage spanning empire, class, sexuality and adaptation, this is the ideal companion for students of Victorian Literature looking for an introduction to the key debates surrounding sensation fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

(Gutleben 2001:165) Gutleben's comments hereperfectly encapsulate the slipperiness of neo Victorian writing and itsgeneral resistance to taxonomy. Indeed, even an apparently straightforwardformlike the sensation novel is difficult to ...

Author: Pamela K. Gilbert

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444342215

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 680

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This comprehensive collection offers a complete introduction to one of the most popular literary forms of the Victorian period, its key authors and works, its major themes, and its lasting legacy. Places key authors and novels in their cultural and historical context Includes studies of major topics such as race, gender, melodrama, theatre, poetry, realism in fiction, and connections to other art forms Contributions from top international scholars approach an important literary genre from a range of perspectives Offers both a pre and post-history of the genre to situate it in the larger tradition of Victorian publishing and literature Incorporates coverage of traditional research and cutting-edge contemporary scholarship
Categories: Literary Criticism

Neo Victorian Fiction and Historical Narrative

Neo Victorian Fiction and Historical Narrative

In responding to Collins's The Woman in White, Wilson's The Dark Clue engages not only with an individual text, but also with an entire subgenre of Victorian fiction. Collins's novel is widely agreed to be the first sensation novel, ...

Author: L. Hadley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230317499

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Placing the popular genre of neo-Victorian fiction within the context of the contemporary cultural fascination with the Victorians, this book argues that these novels are distinguished by a commitment to historical specificity and understands them within their contemporary context and the context of Victorian historical and literary narratives.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Epistolary Encounters in Neo Victorian Fiction

Epistolary Encounters in Neo Victorian Fiction

... which James Wilson's neoVictorian novel, The Dark Clue: A Novel of Suspense (2001), revisits with similarly amassed epistolary devices and discovered secrets. Sensation novels were defined by Katherine Tillotson as 'novels with a ...

Author: K. Brindle

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137007162

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Neo-Victorian writers invoke conflicting viewpoints in diaries, letters, etc. to creatively retrace the past in fragmentary and contradictory ways. This book explores the complex desires involved in epistolary discoveries of 'hidden' Victorians, offering new insight into the creative synthesising of critical thought within the neo-Victorian novel.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction: 'Kitchen Literature' explores why Victorian sensation fiction was derided as literature fit only for maids and cooks and how the depictions of fictional female domestics, from Jane Eyre to Neo ...

Author: E. Steere

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137365262

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction: 'Kitchen Literature' explores why Victorian sensation fiction was derided as literature fit only for maids and cooks and how the depictions of fictional female domestics, from Jane Eyre to Neo-Victorian novels, reflect contemporary social concerns about the blurring of the boundaries of class and gender.
Categories: Fiction

History and Cultural Memory in Neo Victorian Fiction

History and Cultural Memory in Neo Victorian Fiction

Victorian Afterimages Kate Mitchell ... Inher discussion ofthe 'neosensation' novel Kelly Marsh argues thatthe appeal to sensation in the antecedent genre of Victorian sensation fiction undermined thenotion that reason governed ...

Author: Kate Mitchell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230283121

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. Arguing that neo-Victorian fiction enacts and celebrates cultural memory, this book uses memory discourse to position these novels as dynamic participants in the contemporary historical imaginary.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Neo Victorian Literature and Culture

Neo Victorian Literature and Culture

Her main areas of research are neo-Victorian fiction, haunting and spectrality, and revisions of the past. Her next project is a monograph on ... Her research interests include neo-Victorianism, sensation fiction, and adaptation.

Author: Nadine Boehm-Schnitker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134614691

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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This book provides a comprehensive reflection of the processes of canonization, (un)pleasurable consumption and the emerging predominance of topics and theoretical concerns in neo-Victorianism. The repetitions and reiterations of the Victorian in contemporary culture document an unbroken fascination with the histories, technologies and achievements, as well as the injustices and atrocities, of the nineteenth century. They also reveal that, in many ways, contemporary identities are constructed through a Victorian mirror image fabricated by the desires, imaginings and critical interests of the present. Providing analyses of current negotiations of nineteenth-century texts, discourses and traumas, this volume explores the contemporary commodification and nostalgic recreation of the past. It brings together critical perspectives of experts in the fields of Victorian literature and culture, contemporary literature, and neo-Victorianism, with contributions by leading scholars in the field including Rosario Arias, Cora Kaplan, Elizabeth Ho, Marie-Luise Kohlke and Sally Shuttleworth. Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture interrogates current fashions in neo-Victorianism and their ideological leanings, the resurrection of cultural icons, and the reasons behind our relationship with and immersion in Victorian culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Women Writing the Neo Victorian Novel

Women Writing the Neo Victorian Novel

It is important to recognize that Waters draws on a familiar aspect of Victorian fiction in order to create her neo-Victorian plots, particularly the plot of Fingersmith. In this novel, she mimics and re-creates the Victorian sensation ...

Author: Kathleen Renk

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030482879

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 199

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Women Writing the Neo-Victorian Novel: Erotic “Victorians” focuses on the work of British, Irish, and Commonwealth women writers such as A.S. Byatt, Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, Helen Humphreys, Margaret Atwood, and Ahdaf Soueif, among others, and their attempts to re-envision the erotic. Kathleen Renk argues that women writers of the neo-Victorian novel are far more philosophical in their approach to representing the erotic than male writers and draw more heavily on Victorian conventions that would proscribe the graphic depiction of sexual acts, thus leaving more to the reader’s imagination. This book addresses the following questions: Why are women writers drawn to the neo-Victorian genre and what does this reveal about the state of contemporary feminism? How do classical and contemporary forms of the erotic play into the ways in which women writers address the Victorian “woman question”? How exactly is the erotic used to underscore women’s creative potential?
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction

Inthe twentieth and twentyfirst centuries, sensational plots andtropes arereadily foundin genre fiction, television, andfilm; authorsof NeoVictorian novels are also deliberately rewriting the sensation novel for a modern audience.

Author: E. Steere

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137365262

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

View: 199

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction: 'Kitchen Literature' explores why Victorian sensation fiction was derided as literature fit only for maids and cooks and how the depictions of fictional female domestics, from Jane Eyre to Neo-Victorian novels, reflect contemporary social concerns about the blurring of the boundaries of class and gender.
Categories: Fiction