Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma: The Politics of Bearing After-Witness to Nineteenth-Century Suffering.

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Synopsis: This collection constitutes the first volume in Rodopi's Neo-Victorian Series, which explores the prevalent, but often problematic, re-vision of the long nineteenth century in contemporary culture. Here is presented for the first time an extended analysis of the conjunction of neo-Victorian fiction and trauma discourse, highlighting the significant interventions in collective memory staged by the belated aesthetic working-through of historical catastrophes, as well as their traces in the present. The neo-Victorian's privileging of marginalised voices and its contestation of masternarratives of historical progress construct a patchwork of competing but equally legitimate versions of the past, highlighting on-going crises of existential extremity, truth and meaning, nationhood and subjectivity. This volume will be of interest to both researchers and students of the growing field of neo-Victorian Studies, as well as scholars in trauma theory, ethics, and memory and heritage studies. Interrogating processes of cultural commemoration and forgetting and how to ethically represent the suffering of cultural and temporal others, the collection negotiates the temptations of appropriative empathy and voyeuristic spectacle, while all the time struggling with the central paradox: the ethical imperative to bear after-witness to history's silenced victims in the face of the potential unrepresentability of extreme suffering.

Review: What is exciting about the book is that it succeeds in breaking new critical ground by way of theme and primary material discussed. It provides timely address to questions of ethics raised by neo-Victorianism s appropriation of the past together with innovative analyses of texts that may yet have received little critical discussion in relation to the field. - Kim Bryndle, OScholars 2012
The volume is outstanding and undoubtedly represents a landmark for the study of Neo-Victorian fiction. - Isabel M. Andres Cuevas, University of Granada, in: Miscelanea: a Journal of English and American Studies 44, 2011, pp. 161-6
The volume covers an important gap in the state of the art in neo-Victorian studies, as it offers in-depth analyses, from the perspective of trauma theory, of a significant number of neo-Victorian fictions published between the 1960s and the present running all the spectrum from the collective physical and psychological traumas associated with the armed conflicts and the spread of Empire, to individual and more covert family traumas, like incest, or ideological traumas related to the confrontation of religious belief and Darwinian science. - Susana Onega, University of Zaragoza, Spain"

"What is exciting about the book is that it succeeds in breaking new critical ground by way of theme and primary material discussed. It provides timely address to questions of ethics raised by neo-Victorianism's appropriation of the past together with innovative analyses of texts that may yet have received little critical discussion in relation to the field." - Kim Bryndle, OScholars, 2012 "The volume is outstanding and undoubtedly represents a landmark for the study of Neo-Victorian fiction." - Isabel M. Andres Cuevas, University of Granada, in: Miscelanea: a Journal of English and American Studies 44 (2011), pp. 161-6 "The volume covers an important gap in the state of the art in neo-Victorian studies, as it offers in-depth analyses, from the perspective of trauma theory, of a significant number of neo-Victorian fictions published between the 1960s and the present...running all the spectrum from the collective physical and psychological traumas associated with the armed conflicts and the spread of Empire, to individual and more covert family traumas, like incest, or ideological traumas related to the confrontation of religious belief and Darwinian science." - Susana Onega, University of Zaragoza, Spain

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Title: Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma: The Politics...
Publisher: Rodopi
Publication Date: 2010
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