Adaptive/appropriative reuse in neo-Victorian fiction
Having one’s cake and eating it too
in Interventions
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'Adaptive reuse' refers to the reutilisation of old sites and structures for purposes and functions other than those for which they were originally intended, constructed, and used in the past. Like its architectural counterpart, literary adaptive reuse covers a continuum from partial replication to total re-fabrication. A. S. Byatt's Booker Prize winning Possession: A Novel offers a striking example of this practice. As an example of the neo-Victorian trope of child sex abuse, Isabel Colegate and Anthony Horowitz's novels may be consumed by many readers simply as 'straightforward' historical mystery/crime fiction. Implicated in processes and tropes of splitting, doubling and Othering, the neo-Victorian impulse firmly aligns itself with the Gothic that explores the past's pervasive, often insidious influence over the present, whether at personal or collective levels.


Rethinking the nineteenth century

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