Neo-Victorian Gothic. Horror, Violence and Degeneration in the Re-Imagined Nineteenth Century

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“This volume is an important landmark in the growing field of Neo-Victorian studies, as it engages with the question of the nineteenth century as the contemporary era's Doppelgänger, exploring recent novels as well as performance art, graphic and interactive fiction in order to address the ghosts of a dual fin de siècle. By mapping both the past and the present, this study leads the reader through a labyrinth of echoes, highlighting the mutations of myth from Dracula to Jack the Ripper. Neo-Victorian Gothic offers fascinating insights into hybrid anxieties and generic miscegenation, ranging from cross-over myths to feminist and post-colonial attempts to reclaim the bare bones of their past. It presents conceptual readings of the politics of intertextual revision and the dynamics of neo-Victorian fiction, subtly qualifying its subversive impact as ambivalent.” Catherine Lanone, University of Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle), France 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.

    Collection : Neo-Victorian Series

  • Publication 2012
  • ISBN 978-90-420-3625-3
  • Support Livre broché
  • Format Paperback
  • Num. dans la collection 3

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