Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the by John Kucich, Dianne F. Sadoff

By John Kucich, Dianne F. Sadoff

Literary Theory/Cultural reviews A foundational examine modern makes use of of the Victorian and the presence of the previous in postmodern tradition. Celebrated motion pictures by means of Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Campion, and Ang Lee; best-selling novels by means of A. S. Byatt and William Gibson; revivals of Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll's Alice, and mawkish images; special effects and cyberpunk performances: modern tradition, low and high, has fallen in love with the 19th century. significant severe thinkers have present in the interval the origins of latest consumerism, sexual technological know-how, homosexual tradition, and feminism. And postmodern conception, which as soon as drove a wedge among modern interpretation and its historic gadgets, has in recent times displayed a brand new self-consciousness approximately its personal appropriations of the earlier. This assorted choice of essays starts a long-overdue dialogue of the way postmodernism is familiar with the Victorian as its old predecessor. individuals: Nancy Armstrong, Brown U; Ian Baucom, Duke U; Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt U; Mary A. Favret, Indiana U; Simon Gikandi, U of Michigan; Jennifer Green-Lewis, George Washington U; Kali Israel, U of Michigan; Laurie Langbauer, U of North Carolina; Susan Lurie, Rice U; John McGowan, U of North Carolina; Judith Roof, Indiana U; Hilary M. Schor, USC; Ronald R. Thomas, Trinity university; and Shelton Waldrep, U of Southern Maine. John Kucich is professor of English on the college of Michigan. Dianne F. Sadoff is chair and professor of English at Miami college. Translation Inquiries: collage of Minnesota Press

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Frederick M. : University of Victoria Press, 1997) explores figurations of nineteenth-century subject matter in postmodern fiction, but not the engagement of postmodern texts with nineteenthcentury texts. : Princeton University Press, 1992), uses a few contemporary texts to advocate the elimination of history as a referent for temporal imaginings. 2 (1995): 153-98. 5. Linda Hutcheon, A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction (London: Routledge, 1988), 5. 6. The "welfare debate" of 1995—96 in the United States, for example, repeatedly invoked the Victorians.

In fact, Victorian poetics begins to conceptualise the idea of culture as a category and includes itself within the definition. . [T]o be 'new' or 'modern' . . 3 To understand ourselves—or those from the past whom we study—is to examine the "dominant" or "constitutive" lineaments of thought, belief, val- Modernity and Culture — 5 ues, and practices. And part of being "modern" is to have self-consciously taken up this critical task. Mary Poovey's work offers a sophisticated and highly influential contemporary version of reading particulars in relation to an overarching modernity.

Some literary critics have followed in Himmelfarb's tracks by seeing forms of post-Victorianism as a reassertion of stable concepts of morality and personal agency against a degenerate postmodernism. See Kelly A. Marsh, "The Neo-Sensation Novel: A Contemporary Genre in the Victorian Tradition," Philological Quarterly 74 (1995): 99-123; or Frederick M. Holmes, "The Historical Imagination and the Victorian Past: A. S. Byatt's Possession," English Studies in Canada 20 (1994): 319-34. This moral totalization of periods is more often played the other way, however, with xxx — Dianne F.

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