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Nostalgic postmodernism : the Victorian tradition and the contemporary British novel

Author: Christian Gutleben
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2001.
Series: Postmodern studies, 31.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gutleben, Christian.
Nostalgic postmodernism.
Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2001
(OCoLC)606738918
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Gutleben
ISBN: 9042012978 9789042012974
OCLC Number: 49197498
Description: 248 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction.Part I: Pastiche, pastiche: the fascination of Victorianism. Chapter 1: Victorian echoes: resurrected voices. The epigraphs, or the voices of the masters. The quotational practice: an aesthetic surplus. The derivative nature of pastiche. The parodic transformation of voices: depreciation or homage? The foregrounding of Victorian outcasts: the voices of postmodern fashion. When Victorian voices invade a whole novel... Chapter 2: On the surface of the looking glass: an aesthetic and ideological model. `The fascination of Narrative'. The metonymic pole. The documentary aspect. David Lodge's Nice Work: plus ca change... A.S. Byatt's Possession: `making the past your world'.Part II: Postmodernism as otherness: the temptation of revisitation. Chapter 1: The parodic vein: ludic subversion. The disfigurement of the great Victorian figures. When playfulness becomes a guiding principle. Invigorating the new with the old: the regenerative art of parody in John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman. Chapter 2: Postmodern strategies of distanciation. An in-depth change of the surface. An aesthetics of the unsavoury. The delights of uncertainty. Fragmentation as the new consensus. The epitome of late twentieth-century postmodernist aesthetics: Graham Swift's Ever After. Part III: Nostalgic Postmodernism: the paradox of an iconoclastic homage. Chapter 1: The limits of subversion: the tyranny of the politically correct. The precedents of modernism and early postmodernism. Further qualifications and clarifications. A favourable climate or a profitable vein. Sex and crinolines: a combination aimed at seduction. How to be subversive and seductive at the same time: D.M. Thomas's Charlotte: The final journey of Jane Eyre. Chapter 2: Postmodernism and the past: An ambiguous relation to the Victorian ancestors. An equivocal kinship. Nostalgic subversion: an oxymoric art. Evolution, not revolution: postmodernism as illustrated by retro-Victorian fiction. Conclusion. Works Cited. Index.
Series Title: Postmodern studies, 31.
Other Titles: Victorian tradition and the contemporary British novel
Responsibility: Christian Gutleben.

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