Neo-Historical Exoticism and Contemporary Fiction Symposium 14 June 2011 [UPDATE]

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Dr Elodie Rousselot/ Centre for Studies in Literature/ University of Portsmouth/ United Kingdom
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Keynote Speaker: Professor Dianne F. Sadoff (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
The current phenomenon of the neo-Victorian, neo-Edwardian, neo-Forties, and more recently, neo-Tudor novel, seems to confirm contemporary culture’s persisting fascination with re-visiting and re-formulating certain key historical moments. This interdisciplinary one-day event intends to develop critical examination of the recent literary trend of the ‘neo-historical’ novel and to bring fresh perspectives to current debates on its cultural and theoretical underpinnings.
Discussion will concentrate especially on the ‘exoticising’ strategies employed by neo-historical fiction in its representation of one culture for consumption by another: What motivates this return to, and symbolic re-appropriation of, the past? What are the implications of using a discursive practice intent on seeking elsewhere (in this case, the past) a mode of expression for the present? With the possibility of geographical escape now exhausted in our global age, has the past become the latest refuge from (post)modernity?
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