Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence and Degeneration in the Re-imagined Nineteenth Century

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Sinopsis: 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.

Review: 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 "Doppelganger," exploring recent novels as well as performance art, graphic and interactive fiction in order to address the ghosts of a dual fin de siecle. 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"
In its chapters, "Neo-Victorian Gothic" provides an important and varied exploration of the many ways in which the Gothic continues to haunt contemporary fiction. The collection suggests that it may not be possible to pin down the Gothic, yet it offers an essential examination of the neo-Victorian novel and its contemporary apparitions and manifestations of the forever-haunting Gothic genre. As such, "Neo-Victorian Gothic" reveals how the neo-Victorian genre may be considered a new typology of the Gothic or its contemporary heir, suggesting a genealogy that stretches back more than two centuries. - Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, in: "Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies" 18.3 (2013)
[N]eo-Victorianism is by nature quintessentially Gothic assert Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben in their introduction to the latest volume in Rodopi s "Neo-Victorian Series." This is a bold claim, but a convincing one. [ ] Ultimately, then, the question of what the neo-Victorians can do for Gothic is too new to answer yet in any full or definitive way, but one thing is for sure: future scholars will uncouple the neo-Victorian from the Gothic at their peril. Its quintessentially Gothic nature will henceforth be difficult to ignore. [ ] Christian Gutleben s chapter breaks new ground by taking on the tricky but important topic of neo-Victorian humour. He stresses that the comic turn is not new to Gothic, but has specific applications and effects in contemporary neo-Victorian fiction. He hypothesises three effects: humour provides an anti-nostalgic distancing device; it encourages a reconsideration of key neo-Victorian Gothic concepts such as otherness, the uncanny and monstrosity; and it enables the renewal of the genre through aesthetic diversification. He later goes so far as to argue that the combination of fear and fun is at the heart of neo-Victorianism, essentially one of its defining features, and this is its creative innovation: humour in neo-Victorian Gothic surpasses the destructive effects of parody to create a new generic blend . - Catherine Spooner, in: "Neo-Victorian Studies" 6:3 (2013)
in neo-Victorianism how do literary, popular and visual culture relate to one another, and how do different art forms and media interact? Why does literature take up such a dominant position? And, which works of art and cultural products come into the picture when we let go of the idea that neo-Victorianism should be breaking the norms? "Neo-Victorian Gothic" has been accessibly written. It is a diverse book on a subject which has not exhausted its discussion. Neo-Victorianism does not belong to the past as is evident from the Booker Prize won by Eleanor Catton. Attesting to the sort of follow up questions arising from this volume we can safely say as a field of research it has a future. [Review originally in Dutch] Dennis Kersten, in: "Vooys: tijdschrift voor letteren" 32.1 (2014)"

Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben have edited a formidable collection of essays, which establishes neo-Victorian gothic as a serious field of study in itself rather than a subgenre of gothic. [ ] Overall, I have to admit that Kohlke and Gutleben s Neo-Victorian Gothic is a thorough piece of scholarship which enhances and opens up the fields of gothic, Victorianism, and neo-Victorianism. Edwina Keown, in The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 13 (2014), pp. 101-105 Full text available: http: //irishgothichorrorjournal.homestead.com/IJGHS_Issue__13.pdf 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 Doppelganger, exploring recent novels as well as performance art, graphic and interactive fiction in order to address the ghosts of a dual fin de siecle. 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 "In its chapters, Neo-Victorian Gothic provides an important and varied exploration of the many ways in which the Gothic continues to haunt contemporary fiction. The collection suggests that it may not be possible to pin down the Gothic, yet it offers an essential examination of the neo-Victorian novel and its contemporary apparitions and manifestations of the forever-haunting Gothic genre. As such, Neo-Victorian Gothic reveals how the neo-Victorian genre may be considered a new typology of the Gothic or its contemporary heir, suggesting a genealogy that stretches back more than two centuries." - Tammy Ho Lai-Ming in Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 18.3 (2013), pp.115-7. ' [N]eo-Victorianism is by nature quintessentially Gothic' assert Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben in their introduction to the latest volume in Rodopi s Neo-Victorian Series (p. 4, original emphasis). This is a bold claim, but a convincing one. [ ]Ultimately, then, the question of what the neo-Victorians can do for Gothic is too new to answer yet in any full or definitive way, but one thing is for sure: future scholars will uncouple the neo-Victorian from the Gothic at their peril. Its quintessentially Gothic nature will henceforth be difficult to ignore. [ ] Christian Gutleben s chapter breaks new ground by taking on the tricky but important topic of neo-Victorian humour. He stresses that the comic turn is not new to Gothic, but has specific applications and effects in contemporary neo-Victorian fiction. He hypothesises three effects: humour provides an anti-nostalgic distancing device; it encourages a reconsideration of key neo-Victorian Gothic concepts such as otherness, the uncanny and monstrosity (p. 303); and it enables the renewal of the genre through aesthetic diversification. He later goes so far as to argue that the combination of fear and fun is at the heart of neo-Victorianism, essentially one of its defining features, and this is its creative innovation: humour in neo-Victorian Gothic surpasses the destructive effects of parody to create a new generic blend (p. 320)." - Catherine Spooner in Neo-Victorian Studies 6:3 (2013), pp. 181-190 full tekst online at: www.neovictorianstudies.com in neo-Victorianism how do literary, popular and visual culture relate to one another, and how do different art forms and media interact? Why does literature take up such a dominant position? And, which works of art and cultural products come into the picture when we let go of the idea that neo-Victorianism should be breaking the norms? Neo-Victorian Gothic has been accessibly written. It is a diverse book on a subject which has not exhausted its discussion. Neo-Victorianism does not belong to the past as is evident from the Booker Prize won by Eleanor Catton. Attesting to the sort of follow up questions arising from this volume we can safely say as a field of research it has a future. Original Dutch tekst: ( hoe verhouden literaire, populaire en visuele cultuur zich tot elkaar binnen het neo-Victorianisme, en hoe pakt de interactie tussen verschillende kunstvormen en media precies uit? Waarom neemt literatuur zo n dominante positie in? En welke kunstwerken en cultuurproducten komen in beeld wanneer minder stellig wordt vastgehouden aan het idee dat neo-Victorianisme normdoorbrekend moet zijn? Neo-Victorian Gothic is een toegankelijk geschreven, gevarieerd boek over een onderwerp waar de rek nog niet uit lijkt. Het neo-Victorianisme behoort nog lang niet tot het verleden, getuige de Booker Prize van Eleanor Catton. En met het soort vervolgvragen dat deze bundel oproept, heeft het ook als onderzoeksveld overduidelijk toekomst. ) -Dennis Kersten, Vooys: tijdschrift voor letteren 32.1 (2014), pp.74-77."

"Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben have edited a formidable collection of essays, which establishes neo-Victorian gothic as a serious field of study in itself rather than a subgenre of gothic. [...] Overall, I have to admit that Kohlke and Gutleben's Neo-Victorian Gothic is a thorough piece of scholarship which enhances and opens up the fields of gothic, Victorianism, and neo-Victorianism." - Edwina Keown, in: The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 13 (2014), pp. 101-105 [Full text available: http: //irishgothichorrorjournal.homestead.com/IJGHS_Issue__13.pdf] "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 Doppelganger, exploring recent novels as well as performance art, graphic and interactive fiction in order to address the ghosts of a dual fin de siecle. 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 "In its chapters, Neo-Victorian Gothic provides an important and varied exploration of the many ways in which the Gothic continues to haunt contemporary fiction. The collection suggests that it may not be possible to "pin down" the Gothic, yet it offers an essential examination of the neo-Victorian novel and its contemporary "apparitions" and "manifestations" of the forever-haunting Gothic genre. As such, Neo-Victorian Gothic reveals how the neo-Victorian genre may be considered a new typology of the Gothic or its contemporary "heir," suggesting a genealogy that stretches back more than two centuries." - Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, in: Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 18.3 (2013), pp.115-7 "'[N]eo-Victorianism is by nature quintessentially Gothic' assert Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben in their introduction to the latest volume in Rodopi's Neo-Victorian Series (p. 4, original emphasis). This is a bold claim, but a convincing one. [...]Ultimately, then, the question of what the neo-Victorians can do for Gothic is too new to answer yet in any full or definitive way, but one thing is for sure: future scholars will uncouple the neo-Victorian from the Gothic at their peril. Its "quintessentially Gothic" nature will henceforth be difficult to ignore. [...] Christian Gutleben's chapter breaks new ground by taking on the tricky but important topic of neo-Victorian humour. He stresses that the 'comic turn' is not new to Gothic, but has specific applications and effects in contemporary neo-Victorian fiction. He hypothesises three effects: humour provides an anti-nostalgic distancing device; it encourages "a reconsideration of key neo-Victorian Gothic concepts such as otherness, the uncanny and monstrosity" (p. 303); and it enables the renewal of the genre through aesthetic diversification. He later goes so far as to argue that the combination of fear and fun is at the heart of neo-Victorianism, essentially one of its defining features, and this is its creative innovation: humour in neo-Victorian Gothic surpasses the destructive effects of parody to create "a new generic blend" (p. 320)." - Catherine Spooner in Neo-Victorian Studies 6:3 (2013), pp. 181-190 [Full text online at: www.neovictorianstudies.comwww.neovictorianstudies.com] ..".in neo-Victorianism how do literary, popular and visual culture relate to one another, and how do different art forms and media interact? Why does literature take up such a dominant position? And, which works of art and cultural products come into the picture when we let go of the idea that neo-Victorianism should be breaking the norms? Neo-Victorian Gothic has been accessibly written. It is a diverse book on a subject which has not exhausted its discussion. Neo-Victorianism does not belong to the past as is evident from the Booker Prize won by Eleanor Catton. Attesting to the sort of follow up questions arising from this volume we can safely say as a field of research it has a future." [Original Dutch text: ..".hoe verhouden literaire, populaire en visuele cultuur zich tot elkaar binnen het neo-Victorianisme, en hoe pakt de interactie tussen verschillende kunstvormen en media precies uit? Waarom neemt literatuur zo'n dominante positie in? En welke kunstwerken en cultuurproducten komen in beeld wanneer minder stellig wordt vastgehouden aan het idee dat neo-Victorianisme normdoorbrekend moet zijn? Neo-Victorian Gothic is een toegankelijk geschreven, gevarieerd boek over een onderwerp waar de rek nog niet uit lijkt. Het neo-Victorianisme behoort nog lang niet tot het verleden, getuige de Booker Prize van Eleanor Catton. En met het soort vervolgvragen dat deze bundel oproept, heeft het ook als onderzoeksveld overduidelijk toekomst."] - Dennis Kersten, Vooys: tijdschrift voor letteren 32.1 (2014), pp.74-77

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