Wells-Lassagne, Shannon; Voigts, Eckart (eds.)
Filming the Past, Screening the Present
Neo-Victorianism - the study of creative engagements with Victorian literature and culture - is a burgeoning field in literary and cultural studies. Research on film and television adaptations, however, remains surprisingly rare in Neo-Victorian studies, and is more often to be found in adaptation studies.This international collection of essays explores questions of Neo-Victorian adaptation and globalization, gender and feminism as well as visual and material culture in Victorian and Neo-Victorian screen adaptations, using examples such as The Piano (1993), Affinity (2008), the BBC's Sherlock (2010-17), Guy Ritchie's Holmes movies, or Vanity Fair (2018). A cluster of chapters is devoted to an extended case study, the Neo-Victorian mashup series Penny Dreadful (2014-16). The volume also examines steampunk aesthetics in Wild Wild West (1999), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) or Victor Frankenstein (2015), the various filmic iterations of Dorian Gray, and recent transnational Hardy adaptations, shedding light on how adaptation reveals the nature of the persistent fascination with the Victorian period.
ISBN 978-3-86821-907-4, 186 S., kt., 7 Abb., € 27,50 (2021)