RE-WRITING THE VICTORIAN PAST IN MICHEL FABER’S THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE
Published: 25 Aug 2014
Abstract: Contrary to what the modernists predicted in the first half of the twentieth century, the Victorian Age has been kept alive in people’s imagination and is now the subject of various kinds of rewriting and re-interpretation. The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber’s (2011) acclaimed novel, is considered to be representative for the neo-Victorian surge, as it creates a textual bridge between the Victorian past that we imagine and the twenty-first century present. This paper is meant to analyse particularly those elements used by the author to make the journey back into the nineteenth century relevant to the contemporary reader.
Keywords: neo-victorianism, postmodern, victorian, feminism, masculinity, consumer culture, historicism
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