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Neo Victorian Biofiction by Marie-Luise Kohlke

Title Neo Victorian Biofiction
Author Marie-Luise Kohlke
Publisher Neo-Victorian
Release 2020
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 393
ISBN 9789004434134
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

"This volume explores the many paradoxes of neo-Victorian biofiction, a genre that yokes together the real and the imaginary, biography and fiction, and generates oxymoronic combinations like creative facts, fictional truth, or poetic truthfulness. Contemporary biofictions recreating nineteenth-century lives demonstrate the crucial but always ethically ambiguous revision and supplementation of the historical archive. Due to the tension between ethical empathy and consumerist voyeurism, between traumatic testimony and exploitative exposé, the epistemological response is per force one of hermeneutic suspicion and iconoclasm. In the final account, this volume highlights neo-Victorianism's deconstruction of master-narratives and the consequent democratic rehabilitation of over-looked microhistories"--

Title Neo Victorian Biofiction
Author
Publisher BRILL
Release 2020-09-07
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 403
ISBN 9004434356
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Highlighting neo-Victorian biofiction’s crucial role in reimagining and augmenting the historical archive, this volume explores the complex ethical consequences of a creative movement of historiographic revisionism, combining biography and fiction in a dialectic tension of empathy and voyeuristic spectacle.

Title Neo Victorian Villains
Author
Publisher BRILL
Release 2017-06-01
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 360
ISBN 9004322256
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Neo-Victorian Villains offers a varied and stimulating range of essays on the afterlives of Victorian villains in popular culture, exploring their representation and adaptation in neo-Victorian drama and fiction.

Neo Victorian Cannibalism by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho

Title Neo Victorian Cannibalism
Author Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
Publisher Springer
Release 2019-02-04
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 150
ISBN 3030025594
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This Pivot examines a body of contemporary neo-Victorian novels whose uneasy relationship with the past can be theorised in terms of aggressive eating, including cannibalism. Not only is the imagery of eating repeatedly used by critics to comprehend neo-Victorian literature, the theme of cannibalism itself also appears overtly or implicitly in a number of the novels and their Victorian prototypes, thereby mirroring the cannibalistic relationship between the contemporary and the Victorian. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho argues that aggressive eating or cannibalism can be seen as a pathological and defining characteristic of neo-Victorian fiction, demonstrating how cannibalism provides a framework for understanding the genre’s origin, its conflicted, ambivalent and violent relationship with its Victorian predecessors and the grotesque and gothic effects that it generates in its fiction.

Deviance in Neo Victorian Culture by Saverio Tomaiuolo

Title Deviance in Neo Victorian Culture
Author Saverio Tomaiuolo
Publisher Springer
Release 2018-10-03
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 253
ISBN 3319969501
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book argues that ‘deviance’ represents a central issue in neo-Victorian culture, and that the very concept of neo-Victorianism is based upon the idea of ‘diverging’ from accepted notions regarding the nineteenth-century frame of mind. However, the study of the ways in which the Victorian age has been revised by contemporary authors does not only entail analogies with the present but proves – by introducing what is perhaps a more pertinent description of the nineteenth century – that it was much more ‘deviant’ than it is usually depicted and perceived. Deviance in Neo-Victorian Culture: Canon, Transgression, Innovation explores a wide variety of textual forms, from novels to TV series, from movies and graphic novels to visual art. The scholarly and educational purpose of this study is to stimulate readers to approach neo-Victorianism as a complex cultural phenomenon.

Neo Victorian Gothic by Marie-Luise Kohlke

Title Neo Victorian Gothic
Author Marie-Luise Kohlke
Publisher Rodopi
Release 2012
Category History
Total Pages 338
ISBN 9401208964
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This volume, the third in Rodopi’s Neo-Victorian Series, reassesses neo-Victorianism as a quintessentially Gothic movement. Through their revival of bygone spectres, their obsession with forgotten skeletons in the cupboard, and their exploration of nineteenth-century extremities, neo-Victorian works not only reflect our contemporary Gothic culture but also reactivate it and even enrich it with new variations such as postcolonial, eco or steampunk Gothic. Addressed to scholars and students of both Gothic and Neo-Victorian Studies, this volume will also interest contemporary literature specialists, cultural theorists, and those working on popular historical memory, as it explores the paradox of culture’s coincident turn to ethics and sensationalism. As exemplified in its generic variety and hybridity, neo-Victorian Gothic resorts to the spectacularisation of horror while simultaneously demonstrating the hyperreal, textual and self-reflexive nature of these spectacles, just as it resorts to the exploitation of hyperbolic and violent sexuality at the same time as challenging sexual norms and identity politics. In spite of these apparent contradictions, the Gothic forms of neo-Victorianism demonstrate their fundamentally ethical goal of interrogating the uncertain limits between self and other, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, past and present.

Title Women s Literary Portraits in the Victorian and Neo Victorian Novel
Author Aleksandra Tryniecka
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release 2023-02-15
Category
Total Pages 263
ISBN 166690578X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The book offers a study of Victorian and neo-Victorian women as portrayed on the pages of the selected nineteenth-century novels and modern, revisionary works. Immersed in the wide socio-cultural context of the Victorian era, the study binds Bakhtin's dialogical approach with Genette's intertextuality.

Neo Victorian Literature and Culture by Nadine Boehm-Schnitker

Title Neo Victorian Literature and Culture
Author Nadine Boehm-Schnitker
Publisher Routledge
Release 2014-06-05
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 244
ISBN 1134614691
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

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.

Title Neo Victorian Biographilia and James Miranda Barry
Author Ann Heilmann
Publisher Springer
Release 2018-06-27
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 402
ISBN 3319713868
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Senior colonial officer from 1813 to 1859, Inspector General James Barry was a pioneering medical reformer who after his death in 1865 became the object of intense speculation when rumours arose about his sex. This cultural history of Barry’s afterlives in Victorian to contemporary (neo-Victorian) life-writing (‘biographilia’) examines the textual and performative strategies of biography, biofiction and biodrama of the last one and a half centuries. In exploring the varied reconstructions and re-imaginations of the historical personality across time, the book illustrates (not least with its cover image) that the ‘real’ James Barry does not exist, any more than does the ‘faithful’ biographical, biofictional or biodramatic rendering of a life in a generically ‘stable’ and discrete form. What Barry represents and how he is represented invariably pinpoints the imaginative, the speculative and the performative: reflections and refractions in the looking glass of genre. Just as ‘James Miranda Barry’, as a subject of cultural inquiry, comes into being and remains in view in the act of crossing gender, so neo-Victorian life-writing constitutes itself through similar acts of boundary transgression. Transgender thus finds its most typical expression in transgenre.

Title Neo Victorian Humour
Author
Publisher BRILL
Release 2017-06-06
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 362
ISBN 9004336613
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Highlighting neo-Victorian humour’s crucial role in shaping contemporary re-visions of nineteenth-century culture, this volume explores the major aesthetic, ideological and ethical issues raised by refracting the past through a comic lens, especially through self-conscious irony, parody, and black humour.