Victorian Afterlives

Victorian Afterlives sets out to recover this atmosphere , and to explain why its pressures are still being exercised on and in our own ways of thinking . Moving freely between different fields of enquiry including literary criticism ...

Author: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199269310

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 388

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"This major study examines a Victorian obsession with 'influence', the often unpredictable after-effects of words and actions, in fields as diverse as mesmerism and theology, literary theory, and sanitation reform. For writers such as Tennyson, FitzGerald, and Dickens, the idea is both a theoretical and a practical problem. Survival is not only what their writing critically examines, but also what it sets out to achieve." - BOOK JACKET.

Reading and the Victorians

In his introduction to the 2008 Journal of Victorian Culture roundtable on the subject, Francis O'Gorman follows the usual explanation for the extraordinary upswing in 'afterlife's' early twenty-first century critical fortunes – that is ...

Author: Juliet John

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317071328

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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What did reading mean to the Victorians? This question is the key point of departure for Reading and the Victorians, an examination of the era when reading underwent a swifter and more radical transformation than at any other moment in history. With book production handed over to the machines and mass education boosting literacy to unprecedented levels, the norms of modern reading were being established. Essays examine the impact of tallow candles on Victorian reading, the reading practices encouraged by Mudie's Select Library and feminist periodicals, the relationship between author and reader as reflected in manuscript revisions and corrections, the experience of reading women's diaries, models of literacy in Our Mutual Friend, the implications of reading marks in Victorian texts, how computer technology has assisted the study of nineteenth-century reading practices, how Gladstone read his personal library, and what contemporary non-academic readers might owe to Victorian ideals of reading and community. Reading forms a genuine meeting place for historians, literary scholars, theorists, librarians, and historians of the book, and this diverse collection examines nineteenth-century reading in all its personal, historical, literary, and material contexts, while also asking fundamental questions about how we read the Victorians' reading in the present day.

Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature

Armstrong, N.(2000) 'Postscript: Contemporary Culture: How Victorian Is It?' in J. Kucich and D. F. Sadoff (eds) Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewritesthe Nineteenth Century (Minneapolis: Universityof Minnesota Press).

Author: H. Shachar

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137262877

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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Film and television adaptations of classic literature have held a longstanding appeal for audiences, an appeal that this book sets out to examine. With a particular focus on Wuthering Heights , the book examines adaptations made from the 1930s to the twenty-first century, providing an understanding of how they help shape our cultural landscape.

Women of Letters Manuscript Circulation and Print Afterlives in the Eighteenth Century

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, in his engrossing monograph on Victorian Afterlives, discusses the ambiguity which exists around the term after-life.334 For him, the term is a useful way of delving into the ways in which nineteenth-century ...

Author: M. Bigold

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137033576

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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Using unpublished manuscript writings, this book reinterprets material, social, literary, philosophical and religious contexts of women's letter-writing in the long 18th century. It shows how letter-writing functions as a form of literary manuscript exchange and argues for manuscript circulation as a method of engaging with the republic of letters.

Alice in Wonderland in Film and Popular Culture

With respect to Alice's neo-Victorian afterlives, haunting functions as an explicit theme and/or psychoanalytic motif or, more implicitly, is present at the level of a haunted subtext. In this way, the texts in question here expand ...

Author: Antonio Sanna

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3031022572

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 327

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This book examines the many reincarnations of Carroll’s texts, illuminating how the meaning of the original books has been re-negotiated through adaptations, appropriations, and transmediality. The volume is an edited collection of eighteen essays and is divided into three sections that examine the re-interpretations of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass in literature, film, and other media (including the branches of commerce, music videos, videogames, and madness studies). This collection is an addition to the existing work on Alice in Wonderland and its sequels, adaptations, and appropriations, and helps readers to have a more comprehensive view of the extent to which the Alice story world is vast and always growing.

Reaping Something New

47. choice of “afterlife” for their title, and the term is not used prominently in the book itself. ... highlight the term itself in his study of the Victorians' own discourse of influence, Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence ...

Author: Daniel Hack

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691196931

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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How African American writers used Victorian literature to create a literature of their own Tackling fraught but fascinating issues of cultural borrowing and appropriation, this groundbreaking book reveals that Victorian literature was put to use in African American literature and print culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in much more intricate, sustained, and imaginative ways than previously suspected. From reprinting and reframing "The Charge of the Light Brigade" in an antislavery newspaper to reimagining David Copperfield and Jane Eyre as mixed-race youths in the antebellum South, writers and editors transposed and transformed works by the leading British writers of the day to depict the lives of African Americans and advance their causes. Central figures in African American literary and intellectual history—including Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Charles Chesnutt, Pauline Hopkins, and W.E.B. Du Bois—leveraged Victorian literature and this history of engagement itself to claim a distinctive voice and construct their own literary tradition. In bringing these transatlantic transfigurations to light, this book also provides strikingly new perspectives on both canonical and little-read works by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Tennyson, and other Victorian authors. The recovery of these works' African American afterlives illuminates their formal practices and ideological commitments, and forces a reassessment of their cultural impact and political potential. Bridging the gap between African American and Victorian literary studies, Reaping Something New changes our understanding of both fields and rewrites an important chapter of literary history.

Tennyson Among the Novelists

See Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Oxford: OUP, 2002), pp. 66–7. Christopher Ricks, Allusion to the Poets (Oxford: OUP, 2002), p. 33.

Author: John Morton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441176624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Until now, the study of literary allusion has focused on allusions made by poets to other poets. In Tennyson Among the Novelists, John Morton presents the first book-length account of the presence of a poet's work in works of prose fiction. As well as shedding new light on the poems of Tennyson and their reception history, Morton covers a wide variety of novelists including Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, Evelyn Waugh, and Andrew O'Hagan, offering a fresh look at their approach to writing. Morton shows how Tennyson's poetry, despite its frequent depreciation by critics, has survived as a vivifying presence in the novel from the Victorian period to the present day.

Rewriting the Victorians

Interestingly, the analysis of such texts has acquired a position in recent histories of Victorian literature, ... volume differs from the other recent collections devoted to Victorian afterlives alone” (Johnston and Waters 2008: 10).

Author: Andrea Kirchknopf

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476601925

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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The 19th century has become especially relevant for the present—as one can see from, for example, large-scale adaptations of written works, as well as the explosion of commodities and even interactive theme parks. This book is an introduction to the novelistic refashionings that have come after the Victorian age with a special focus on revisions of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. As post–Victorian research is still in the making, the first part is devoted to clarifying terminology and interpretive contexts. Two major frameworks for reading post–Victorian fiction are developed: the literary scene (authors, readers, critics) and the national-identity, political and social aspects. Among the works examined are Caryl Phillips’s Cambridge, Matthew Kneale’s English Passengers, Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs, Lloyd Jones’s Mister Pip, Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, D.M. Thomas’s Charlotte, and Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair.

Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era

For Vargo, the literary careers and afterlives of these two significant women writers reach across the two ... This fascination of Victorians with versions of Romantic lives and afterlives forms the subject of our second chapter.

Author: Andrew Radford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351902474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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In tracing those deliberate and accidental Romantic echoes that reverberate through the Victorian age into the beginning of the twentieth century, this collection acknowledges that the Victorians decided for themselves how to define what is 'Romantic'. The essays explore the extent to which Victorianism can be distinguished from its Romantic precursors, or whether it is possible to conceive of Romanticism without the influence of these Victorian definitions. Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era reassesses Romantic literature's immediate cultural and literary legacy in the late nineteenth century, showing how the Victorian writings of Matthew Arnold, Wilkie Collins, the Brontës, the Brownings, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, and the Rossettis were instrumental in shaping Romanticism as a cultural phenomenon. Many of these Victorian writers found in the biographical, literary, and historical models of Chatterton, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, and Wordsworth touchstones for reappraising their own creative potential and artistic identity. Whether the Victorians affirmed or revolted against the Romanticism of their early years, their attitudes towards Romantic values enriched and intensified the personal, creative, and social dilemmas described in their art. Taken together, the essays in this collection reflect on current critical dialogues about literary periodisation and contribute to our understanding of how these contemporary debates stem from Romanticism's inception in the Victorian age.

The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature

... the inspirationof John Kucich and Dianne Sadoff's 2000volume, Victorian Afterlife– 'Victorian Afterlives'.The Victorian volumes ofthe previous Cambridge History offer an intriguing setof glimpses into how theVictorian period came to ...

Author: Kate Flint

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316175820

Category: Literary Criticism


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This collaborative History aims to become the standard work on Victorian literature for the twenty-first century. Well-known scholars introduce readers to their particular fields, discuss influential critical debates and offer illuminating contextual detail to situate authors and works in their wider cultural and historical contexts. Sections on publishing and readership and a chronological survey of major literary developments between 1837 and 1901, are followed by essays on topics including sexuality, sensation, cityscapes, melodrama, epic and economics. Victorian writing is placed in its complex relation to the Empire, Europe and America, as well as to Britain's component nations. The final chapters consider how Victorian literature, and the period as a whole, influenced twentieth-century writers. Original, lucid and stimulating, each chapter is an important contribution to Victorian literary studies. Together, the contributors create an engaging discussion of the ways in which the Victorians saw themselves and of how their influence has persisted.