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Modernism, Romance and the Fin de Siècle

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  • Page extent: 232 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.355 kg

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521032926)

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.

• Comprehensive treatment of the subject • Modernism one of the strongest areas on the literature list • Looks at 'high' and 'low' cultures in a wide-ranging study

Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Incorporated bodies: Dracula and professionalism; 2. The imperial treasure hunt: The Snake's Pass and the limits of romance; 3. 'Mummie is become merchandise': the mummy story as commodity theory; 4. Across the great divide: modernism, popular fiction and the primitive; Afterword: the long goodbye; Notes; Index.

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