Victorian Turns, Neovictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture

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Penny Gay, Judith Johnston, Catherine Waters
Cambridge Scholars, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 229 pages
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 periodGeorge Eliot, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontwhile 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 periods social, cultural and political modernity continues to flourish.

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About the author (2008)

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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