Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siècle: Popular Fiction and British Culture, 1880-1914

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Nicholas Daly explores the popular fiction of the "romance revival" of the late Victorian and Edwardian years, focusing on authors such as Bram Stoker, H. Rider Haggard and Arthur Conan Doyle. Drawing on recent work in cultural studies, Daly argues that these adventure narratives provided a narrative of cultural change at a time when Britain was trying to accommodate the "new imperialism." The presence of a genre such as romance within modernism, he claims, should force a questioning of the usual distinction between high and popular culture.

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"...a first-rate and much-needed model for work on the genre for years to come...While thus offering a highly original reading of modernism, Daly's book is nonetheless at its most impressive when tracing the intricate ideological maneuvers of the only apparently thin-whitted romances of Stoker and his peers...Daly both sets a new standard for work on this genre and requires that those working elsewhere-on domestic fiction, modernism, the history of the middle classes-reconsider it." Victorian Studies

"I nonetheless find The Spectale of Intimacy a stimulating and satisfying book... One of the satisfying qualities of The Spectale of Intimacy is that it preserves a nice balance between the general and the specific enough but not too much of either- that nicely replicates the very method of their exploration of the relationship between the public and the private in Victorian society." Studies in the Novel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521641036
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Incorporated bodies: Dracula and professionalism; 2. The imperial treasure hunt: The Snake's Pass and the limits of romance; 3. 'Mummie is become merchandise': the mummy story as commodity theory; 4. Across the great divide: modernism, popular fiction and the primitive; Afterword: the long goodbye; Notes; Index.

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