Modernism, romance, and the fin de siècle : popular fiction and British culture, 1880-1914 / Nicholas Daly
- Daly, Nicholas
- Additional Titles:
- Modernism, Romance & the Fin de Siècle
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (viii, 220 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Introduction -- Incorporated bodies: Dracula and professionalism -- The imperial treasure hunt: The snake's pass and the limits of romance -- 'Mummie is become merchandise': the mummy story as commodity theory -- Across the great divide: modernism, popular fiction and the primitive -- Afterword: the long goodbye.
- 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.
- English fiction—19th century—History and criticism
- Popular literature—Great Britain—History and criticism
- English fiction—20th century—History and criticism
- Literature and anthropology—Great Britain—History
- Adventure stories, English—History and criticism
- Gothic revival (Literature)—Great Britain
- Modernism (Literature)—Great Britain
- Culture in literature
- 9780511485077 (ebook)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
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