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Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma

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Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben: Introduction: Bearing After-Witness to the Nineteenth Century Poethics and Existential Extremity: Crises of Faith, Identity, and Sexuality Christian Gutleben and Julian Wolfreys: Postmodernism Revisited: The Ethical Drive of Postmodern Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction Georges Letissier: Trauma by Proxy in the "Age of Testimony": Paradoxes of Darwinism in the Neo-Victorian Novel Catherine Pesso-Miquel: Apes and Grandfathers: Traumas of Apostasy and Exclusion in John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman and Graham Swift's Ever After Mark Llewellyn: `Perfectly innocent, natural, playful': Incest in Neo-Victorian Women's Writing History's Victims and Victors: Crises of Truth and Memory Dianne F. Sadoff: The Neo-Victorian Nation at Home and Abroad: Charles Dickens and Traumatic Rewriting Vanessa Guignery: Photography, Trauma and the Politics of War in Beryl Bainbridge's Master Georgie Celia Wallhead and Marie-Luise Kohlke: The Neo-Victorian Frame of Mitchell's Cloud Atlas: Temporal and Traumatic Reverberations Kate Mitchell: Australia's `Other' History Wars: Trauma and the Work of Cultural Memory in Kate Grenville's The Secret River Contesting Colonialism: Crises of Nationhood, Empire and Afterimages Ann Heilmann: Famine, Femininity, Family: Rememory and Reconciliation in Nuala O'Faolain's My Dream of You Elisabeth Wesseling: Unmanning Exoticism: The Breakdown of Christian Manliness in The Book of the Heathen Elodie Rousselot: Turmoil, Trauma and Mourning in Jane Urquhart's The Whirlpool Marie-Luise Kohlke: Tipoo's Tiger on the Loose: Neo-Victorian Witness-Bearing and the Trauma of the Indian Mutiny Contributors Index


"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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