Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siècle: Popular Fiction and British Culture

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Cambridge University Press, 10 feb 2000 - 220 pagine
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In Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siècle Nicholas Daly explores the popular fiction of the 'romance revival' of the late Victorian and Edwardian years, focusing on the work of such authors as Bram Stoker, H. Rider Haggard and Arthur Conan Doyle. Rather than treating these stories as Victorian Gothic, Daly locates them as part of a 'popular modernism'. Drawing on work in cultural studies, this book argues that the vampires, mummies and treasure hunts of these adventure narratives provided a form of narrative theory of cultural change, at a time when Britain was trying to accommodate the 'new imperialism', the rise of professionalism, and the expansion of consumerist culture. Daly's wide-ranging study argues that the presence of a genre such as romance within modernism should force a questioning of the usual distinction between high and popular culture.
 

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Introduction
1
Dracula and professionalism
30
The Snakes Pass and the limits of romance
53
the mummy story as commodity theory
84
modernism popular fiction and the primitive
117
the long goodbye
149
Notes
170
Index
211
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