Populism and ideology
Nineteenth–century fiction and the cinema
in Interventions
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In considering English culture of the long nineteenth-century, we may immediately think of giants of fiction: the witty and delicate satire of Jane Austen, the Gothic achievement of Mary Shelley, and the social commentary of Charles Dickens. The following giants feature in this list as well: the panoramic narrative of George Eliot, the thrilling narratives of Robert Louis Stevenson, and the forging of a national identity in Sir Walter Scott. In terms of literary technique, writers such as Shelley, Henry James and Joseph Conrad can be seen to have appropriated conventions of popular genres with a calculated literary ambition. Post-nineteenth century, the multifarious adaptations of these works into performance media reveal an ideological dimension. Although in The Turn of the Screw James appropriates Gothic and ghost story conventions to blur and confound them, it is a story that has cast a long shadow of influence ever since, especially in cinema.

Interventions

Rethinking the nineteenth century

Editors: Andrew Smith and Anna Barton

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