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Parodies and Price

meaningful radio memories of ‘traditional and radical’ comedy: Ken Dodd, The Navy Lark and The Clitheroe Kid alongside I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again and Round the Horne . Actually, in retrospect I’d move Ken Dodd into the radicals’ camp. These days he’s usually thought of as the last of

in Listen in terror
The material production of American literature in nineteenth-century Britain

plot of The Pilot are also transatlantic. In his preface to the 1849 edition issued by American publisher George Palmer Putnam, Cooper claimed that he was inspired to write the novel after discussing Scott’s The Pirate (1822) and concluding that he might ‘present truer pictures of the ocean’ (Cooper, 1991 : 5). Set in 1780 on the north-east coast of England and based on the exploits of Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones, The Pilot narrates an attempt by the American navy to kidnap important British persons

in Interventions
Diamonds and curious collectables in the fin-de-siècle fiction of Richard Marsh

Siege of Khartoum, the so-called scramble for Africa, the undermining of Britain’s steel manufacturing superiority by German and American competition, and the decline of the Royal Navy relative to the navies of France, Germany, Russia, and Italy’.9 The 1870s and 1880s were decades troubled by ‘economic depression’ and a ‘growing sense of u ­ ncertainty’ regarding the nation’s ‘social, political, and economic future’.10 In response to this crisis, the British government projected a vision of ‘the British empire as a self-interested, global network of territories

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915
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Listening in terror

the chance to be evacuated, but she stayed with her family. Fortunately, the bombing of Peterborough proved to be limited. My mother remembers the uncertainty and austerity of the times, her cousins Fred and Jim joining the army and the navy respectively, and Italian prisoners-of-war. It was an era of terror and my mother had one particular moment of horror. It wasn’t the bomb that hit Peterborough

in Listen in terror
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Regina Maria Roche, the Minerva Press, and the bibliographic spread of Irish gothic fiction

example of Roche's bibliographic consciousness. In that novel, O’Neil repeatedly finds himself in trouble on account of his misreading of both books and people. Before embarking on his literary career, O’Neil enters the Royal Navy but is quickly dismissed in the belief that he is ‘of incompetent judgment’ ( The castle chapel , vol. 1, p. 109). This assessment is made in light of O’Neil's attempts to defend his assault on a commanding officer by reference to the theories of Franz Joseph Gall (1758–1828) and Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (1776–1832), which he has evidently

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829
Dad’s Army and myths of Old England

in costumes and settings, exemplifying the BBC’s cherished reputation for attention to detail as typically applied to period drama. The designers undertook meticulous research, and period brand foods (e.g. Camp coffee, Orlox beef suet and Sunlight soap) and utility furniture were either found or made (see McCann 2002 : 70). Vintage vehicles, such as greengrocer Hodge’s 1939 Bedford truck and the 1935 Ford box vehicle customised by the BBC to serve as Jones’s navy and white butcher’s van, lent period authenticity to the series (McCann 2002 :164–165). Although this

in Popular television drama
From Mary Shelley and Sir John Franklin to Margaret Atwood and Dan Simmons

supervised and performed, is a case in point that shows how hard it was for Victorians to accept that monstrous cannibalism might have plagued the finest expedition of the British Navy. Panoramas, dioramas, newspaper articles, books and ballads continued to dramatize the search for Franklin. 7 Lady Jane, Franklin’s wife, financed several expeditions to prove Rae wrong; she sought to restore an official

in Ecogothic
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Haggard, Stoker and Wilde

She She employs death in both imperial and emotional terms. The past seems to be symbolically alive as the lost imperial city of Kôr, which once ruled the world through its navy, appears as a gloss on Britain’s imperialism. Ayesha sees herself as a queen who could oust Queen Victoria if she so chose (much to the horror of our narrator, Holly). The novel, however, centres on

in Gothic death 1740–1914
Rereading Melmoth the wanderer

’s equally disgraced daughter. Reinstated in his grandfather’s good graces on account of his heroic efforts in the navy after the Restoration, John moves into Mortimer Castle and soon after becomes engaged to Elinor. Through the intrigues of his mother, however, John leaves Elinor at the moment of their marriage and later weds his cousin, Margaret, instead. Heartbroken but also ‘insulted’, Elinor ‘quit

in Charles Robert Maturin and the haunting of Irish Romantic fiction
Margaret Atwood and Lady Oracle

selves (the private as well as the professional) in terms of beauty, social status and, growing into the 1960s’ context, even in terms of politics and feminism. That such a feminine ideal can be reached is early shown to Joan: in the figure of her mother. Frances Delacourt’s ‘costume’ (the navy-blue suit, the gloves) and activities (the house

in Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions