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Based on a wide range of mainly unknown novels published during the first half of the 20th century, this book presents a survey of the changing image of the Victorians in historical middlebrow fiction in the course of the first half of the twentieth century. It not only links these texts to their political, socio-cultural, and historical context, but also explores the text Based on a wide range of mainly unknown novels published during the first half of the 20th century, this book presents a survey of the changing image of the Victorians in historical middlebrow fiction in the course of the first half of the twentieth century. It not only links these texts to their political, socio-cultural, and historical context, but also explores the textual structures and strategies which serve to guide, influence and cognitively and emotionally position the reader vis a vis the Victorian period. Its theoretical approach combines Pierre Macherey's theory of literary production with Iserian aesthetics and cognitive poetics. Its aim is to deconstruct the dominant narrative of a linear progression from oedipal revolt against the Victorian parental generation to nostalgic glorification of the period during the 1950s. Its exploration of this process of rewriting and revisioning sheds light not only on the changing image of the Victorians and thus on the pre-history of present-day neo-Victorian writing, but also on the complex and fascinating interaction between fiction, individual memory, and cultural narratives of the past.


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Based on a wide range of mainly unknown novels published during the first half of the 20th century, this book presents a survey of the changing image of the Victorians in historical middlebrow fiction in the course of the first half of the twentieth century. It not only links these texts to their political, socio-cultural, and historical context, but also explores the text Based on a wide range of mainly unknown novels published during the first half of the 20th century, this book presents a survey of the changing image of the Victorians in historical middlebrow fiction in the course of the first half of the twentieth century. It not only links these texts to their political, socio-cultural, and historical context, but also explores the textual structures and strategies which serve to guide, influence and cognitively and emotionally position the reader vis a vis the Victorian period. Its theoretical approach combines Pierre Macherey's theory of literary production with Iserian aesthetics and cognitive poetics. Its aim is to deconstruct the dominant narrative of a linear progression from oedipal revolt against the Victorian parental generation to nostalgic glorification of the period during the 1950s. Its exploration of this process of rewriting and revisioning sheds light not only on the changing image of the Victorians and thus on the pre-history of present-day neo-Victorian writing, but also on the complex and fascinating interaction between fiction, individual memory, and cultural narratives of the past.

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