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Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture

Neo-Victorianism on Screen

Postfeminism and Contemporary Adaptations of Victorian Women

Authors: Primorac, Antonija

  • This is the first monograph devoted solely to the study of neo-Victorianism on screen   
  • Innovatively cross-hybridises neo-Victorian studies with adaptation studies
  • Examines the role of neo-Victorianism on screen for contemporary understandings of the Victorian past and notions of women’s agency, gender, family and colonial space
  • Offers a novel approach by examining neo-Victorian screen adaptations of Victorian women in the context of postfeminist media culture
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About this book

This book broadens the scope of inquiry of neo-Victorian studies by focusing primarily on screen adaptations and appropriations of Victorian literature and culture. More specifically, this monograph spotlights the overlapping yet often conflicting drives at work in representations of Victorian heroines in contemporary film and TV. Primorac’s close analyses of screen representations of Victorian women pay special attention to the use of costume and clothes, revealing the tensions between diverse theoretical interventions and generic (often market-oriented) demands. The author elucidates  the push and pull between postcolonial critique and nostalgic, often Orientalist spectacle; between feminist textual interventions and postfeminist media images. Furthermore, this book examines neo-Victorianism’s relationship with postfeminist media culture and offers an analysis of the politics behind onscreen treatment of Victorian gender roles, family structures, sexuality, and colonial space.

About the authors

Antonija Primorac is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia. Antonija co-edited the 2015 special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies entitled Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation: Transnational Dissemination of Nineteenth-Century Cultural Texts. She has published on adaptation, neo-Victorianism, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, Canadian literature and literature in translation.

Reviews

“Neo-Victorianism on Screen is a timely and welcome addition to the scholarship in adaptation of nineteenth-century literature and culture. The author’s deft feminist analysis of a wide array of texts adds greater weight and direction to the study of neo-Victorian adaptations, producing an extended and nuanced analysis of postfeminist culture and representation and the appropriation of literary figures. The author’s early definition of the scope of neo-Victorianism on screen as understood here is hugely useful and a suitable provocation for the scholarly community (and students) who will read it.” (Imelda Whelehan, Dean of Higher Degree Research, The Australian National University, Australia)

“Antonija Primorac offers a compelling analysis of the postfeminist dynamics implicit in screen representations of Victorian women. In a book that covers an impressive range of film and TV productions shown between 1993 and 2016, Primorac provides rigorous and illuminating readings that offer genuinely fresh perspectives on gender and on our own contemporary investment in what she terms the ‘neo-Victorian imaginarium’. A ‘must-read’ for scholars of neo-Victorianism, feminism, and adaptation studies.” (Patricia Pulham, Professor of Victorian Literature, University of Surrey, UK)

“Covering the period from the early 1990s to 2016, Antonija Primorac's study is both timely and intellectually astute. Ranging across a diversity of adaptations on film and on the small screen, the detailed analyses of pertinent themes take in a variety of topics from the corseted and empowered woman to colonialism, the role of the female director, and the orientalisation of costume and fashion. Around it all sits the looming presence of both the youthful and ageing Queen Victoria herself, which is given full attention in the final chapter. The richness of readings in Neo-Victorianism on Screen makes this an engaged and engaging intervention in the growing field of neo-Victorian studies. By placing her discussion of neo-Victorian adaptation into dialogue with postfeminism, Primorac provides a stimulating and intriguing re-imaging of both critical and cultural assumptions around revisioning and reinterpreting as nostalgic acts.” (Mark Llewellyn, Visiting Professor of English, University of Strathclyde and Consultant Editor to Neo-Victorian Studies)

“Readers are welcomed to the ‘neo-Victorian imaginarium’ in Primorac’s confident study of adapting the Victorians for contemporary big and small screens. Reading a broad range of examples from the BBC’s Sherlock series to the mash-up of Penny Dreadful and from Tim Burton’s neo-Victorian aesthetic to Hollywood adaptations of Victorian novels, Primorac investigates the challenges of representing the Victorian woman and the diverse, sometimes contradictory, cultural work she does for the postfeminist present. This book is an important addition to neo-Victorian and adaptation studies in the mirror it holds up between the Victorian past and the contemporary female subject.” (Elizabeth Ho, Assistant Professor of English, University of Hong Kong)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Neo-Victorianism on Screen and Postfeminist Media Culture

    Primorac, Antonija

    Pages 1-25

  • Postfeminism and Screen Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes Stories: The Case of Irene Adler

    Primorac, Antonija

    Pages 27-53

  • Re-presenting the Past: Gender, Colonial Space and Cultural Nostalgia in Neo-Victorianism on Screen

    Primorac, Antonija

    Pages 55-95

  • In the Grip of the Corset: Women as Caged Birds in Contemporary Victoriana on Screen

    Primorac, Antonija

    Pages 97-131

  • Re-fashioning Victorian Heroines and Family Relations: Tailoring and Shape-Shifting as Queer Adaptation and Appropriation

    Primorac, Antonija

    Pages 133-175

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64559-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64558-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neo-Victorianism on Screen
Book Subtitle
Postfeminism and Contemporary Adaptations of Victorian Women
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64559-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64559-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64558-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 201
Number of Illustrations
9 illustrations in colour
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