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Neo-Victorian literature and culture: immersions and revisitations

Neo-Victorian literature and culture: immersions and revisitations

Boehm-Schnitker, Nadine, 1975- editor; Gruss, Susanne, 1976- editor

This title 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

Book. English.
Published New York: Routledge, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Nadine Boehm-Schnitker and Susanne Gruss
ISBN: 0415708303, 9780415708302
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: vi, 235 pages ; 24 cm.
Series: Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature ; 12
Subject: Culture in literature.; History in literature.; Values in literature.; English literature 20th century History and criticism.; English literature 19th century Influence.; Literature.; Literature and society Great Britain.; English literature 21st century History and criticism.; Great Britain History Victoria, 1837-1901.
Series Title: Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature ; 12.


  1. Introduction: Fashioning the Neo-Victorian Nadine Boehm-Schnitker and Susanne Gruss  Part I: Commodifying the Past: Canonization, Consumption, Pleasure  1. Mining the Neo-Victorian Vein: Prospecting for Gold, Buried Treasure, and Uncertain Metal Marie-Luise Kohlke  2. On Metalepsis, Immersion and Re-Plotting of the Victorians Rosa Karl  3. Material Culture and Nostalgia: Present-ing the Past in Cranford Anne Enderwitz and Doris Feldmann  Part II: Resurrecting Cultural Icons: Spectral Returns and Revisitations  4. 'Eminent Victorians' and Neo-Victorian Fictional Biography Lena Steveker  5. The Firm of Charles and Charles: Authorship, Science and Neo-Victorian Masculinities CoraKaplan  6. Bio-Fiction: Neo-Victorian Revisions of Genetics and Evolution - The Cases of Darwin and Mendel Eckart Voigts-Virchow  7. Neo-Victorian Gay Fictions: A Critique of Stereotyping and Self-Reflexivity Nadine Boehm-Schnitker  Part III: Traces, Traumas and Retrospective Anxieties  8. Traces and Vestiges of the Victorian Past in Contemporary Literature Rosario Arias  9. Reading the Phantom of Family Trauma in The Thirteenth Tale and The Ghost Writer Susanne Gruss  10. Narratives of Sexual Trauma in Contemporary Adaptations of The Woman in White Jessica Cox  Part IV: Refashioning (Neo-)Victorian Discourses  11. The Legacy of Medical Sensationalism in The Crimson Petal and the White and The Dress Lodger Christy Rieger  12. The Neo-Victorian-at-Sea: Towards a Global Memory of the Victorian Elizabeth Ho  13. From Retro- to Neo-Victorian Fiction and Beyond: Fearful Symmetries Sally Shuttleworth

Author note

Nadine Boehm-Schnitker holds a PhD from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, where she works as a Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies. She is interested in intersections of different fields of knowledge, and has published on a variety of subjects, among them cultural hermeneutics, postcolonial translation and the role of religious and ethical discourses in contemporary literature and popular film.

Susanne Gruss is a Lecturer in English Literature and Culture at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. She specializes in contemporary literature and culture, and has published a monograph on contemporary feminist writing. Her research interests include film and media studies, contemporary literature, neo-Victorianism and, more recently, Jacobean tragedy.