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Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism$
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Cora Kaplan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748611478

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611478.001.0001

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Historical Fictions – Pastiche, Politics and Pleasure

Historical Fictions – Pastiche, Politics and Pleasure

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(p.85) Chapter 3 Historical Fictions – Pastiche, Politics and Pleasure
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Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism
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Cora Kaplan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611478.003.0004

This chapter discusses the middlebrow Victoriana, which depends neither on intrusive authorial presence nor on over-elaborate imitation. It covers the shifting history, politics and aesthetics of postwar fictional Victoriana. Several key novels are examined, including those by A.S. Byatt, Sarah Waters and John Fowles. These novels have become commercial and critical successes, and also highlight the uneasy relationship of historical fiction between the present and the Victorian past.

Keywords:   middlebrow, Victoriana, postwar, A.S. Byatt, Sarah Waters, John Fowles, historical fiction, Victorian past

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