Historical Fictions – Pastiche, Politics and Pleasure

Cora Kaplan

in Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780748611478
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651627 | DOI:
Historical Fictions – Pastiche, Politics and Pleasure

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This chapter discusses the middlebrow Victoriana, which depends neither on intrusive authorial presence nor on over-elaborate imitation. It covers the shifting history, politics and aesthetics of postwar fictional Victoriana. Several key novels are examined, including those by A.S. Byatt, Sarah Waters and John Fowles. These novels have become commercial and critical successes, and also highlight the uneasy relationship of historical fiction between the present and the Victorian past.

Keywords: middlebrow; Victoriana; postwar; A.S. Byatt; Sarah Waters; John Fowles; historical fiction; Victorian past

Chapter.  15348 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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