Gender and Ventriloquism in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction: Passionate Puppets

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Is ventriloquism just for dummies? What is at stake in neo-Victorian fiction's desire to 'talk back' to the nineteenth century? This book explores the sexual politics of dialogues between the nineteenth century and contemporary fiction, offering a new insight into the concept of ventriloquism as a textual and metatextual theme in literature.
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ISBN-13: 9780230343665
ISBN-10: 023034366X
Pagini: 211
Ilustrații: VIII, 219 p.
Dimensiuni: 140 x 216 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Ediția: 2012
Editura: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Colecția Palgrave Macmillan
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Introduction: The Victorians for dummies? Talking back to the Nineteenth Century Voices from the Past: Rethinking the Ventriloquial Metaphor Victorian Ventriloquists: Henry James and George Du Maurier Sirens and Svengalis: Nights at the Circus, Alias Grace and Clara Queering the Dummy/ventriloquist Dichotomy: Oscar Wilde and Ventriloquial Influence Sexual Re-scripting: Ventriloquial Repetitions and Transformations in Sarah Waters' Tipping the Velvet and Affinity Talking to Ourselves? Ventriloquial Criticism and Readership in Neo-Victorian Fiction Afterword: Voices beyond the Victorian era? Wesley Stace and Ventriloquism Notes Bibliography Index


'Definitions of neo-Victorianism within a theoretical space of performativity frequently fall into a conceptual trap which recycles the motifs of Judith Butler in an uncritical fashion. Helen Davies's book admirably challenges this position by revitalising the trope of ventriloquism in neo-Victorian fiction and criticism. This is a lively, provocative and engaging book that makes a stimulating contribution to the field. Davies's own scholarly voice is confident, articulate and alive, and her self-reflective comments on the position of the critic as reader make important points for future researchers.' - Mark Llewellyn, John Anderson Research Chair in English, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

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HELEN DAVIES is an associate lecturer in English Literature at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She has published articles on neo-Victorianism, contemporary women's writing and Oscar Wilde. She is currently on the executive committee of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association and is the associate editor on neo-Victorian literature and criticism for The Oscholars journal.