Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture

Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture

by Penny Gay
     
 

Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture brings together essays by scholars of international reputation in nineteenth-century British literature. Encompassing new work on Victorian writers and subjects as well as later readings, rewritings, and adaptations, the two-part arrangement of this collection highlights an ongoing dialogue.

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Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture brings together essays by scholars of international reputation in nineteenth-century British literature. Encompassing new work on Victorian writers and subjects as well as later readings, rewritings, and adaptations, the two-part arrangement of this collection highlights an ongoing dialogue. Part One: Victorian Turns focuses principally on some of the major novelists of the period-George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte-while placing them in a wide cultural context, in particular that provided by the intellectual journals to which many of the novelists contributed. Reflecting the diversity of debate in the Victorian period, contributors' essays range across key topics of the day, including the woman question, class relations, language, science, work, celebrity, and travel. English writers' consciousness of the challenging contemporary developments in French literature forms a significant and persistent theme. In Part Two: NeoVictorian Returns, the rich and varied afterlife of Victorianism is touched on. NeoVictorianism in contemporary literature and film demonstrates an ongoing and productive engagement with an age which established the social and cultural directions of the modern world. In rewritings, appropriations, and colonial writings-back, and in the persistent power of nineteenth-century images and stories in modern cinema, the period's social, cultural and political modernity continues to flourish.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847186621
Publisher:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Penny Gay is Professor in English Literature and Drama at the University of Sydney. Her publications include Jane Austen and the Theatre; As She Likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women; and The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies. Judith Johnston is Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies, at the University of Western Australia. Publications include George Eliot and the Discourses of Medievalism; Gender and the Victorian Periodical (with Hilary Fraser and Stephanie Green); The Journals of George Eliot (edited with Margaret Harris); and Anna Jameson: Victorian, Feminist, Woman of Letters. Catherine Waters is Senior Lecturer in English, University of New England. Her publications include Dickens and the Politics of the Family, and Commodity Culture in Dickens's Household Words: The Social Life of Goods.

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