1000 Views for the Victorians and Edwardians!

Again, thank you to everyone who has visited Victorians and Edwardians: A Resource Page. I enjoy posting and I hope that you enjoy my informal posts. What I really hope is that you find the links on this site useful.

I set up this page initially as a way to organize resources for myself. I continue to use this site for that purpose: blogs, conferences, academic journals, and online texts abound and I find it useful to be able to access these things from a single location. I think that everyone deserves equal, open access and I hope that this site makes access and discovery easier for visitors.

More links, posts, and ideas to come. I have discovered so much about the online world of Victorian and Edwardian Studies and I hope that my readers and the creators of the links on my page continue to help me better understand this rich, complex, and diverse period of literature, art, and culture.

All the best for research and for reading in 2013,

Vicky and Eddie

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The Crimson Petal and the White

 

I want to recommend a beautiful book that I just finished called The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. There is a BBC 2 adaptation of the novel and I offer you a link to a trailer from the original promotion, but I would like to suggest reading the novel.

If you were not lovers of Victorian novels, I would not suggest reading. After all, Faber’s novel is nine-hundred pages long at a small, but still reasonable font in the Harper Perennial Canada edition that I have been reading. However, you are Victorian and Edwardian fans and enjoy the challenge of a big fat novel, right?

Crimson Petal and the White

This novel offers you a sensational plot about a Victorian prostitute who manages to become in indispensible member of her middle-class client’s household. There is a crazy mad-women/wife, a sullen child with strange outlooks on the world, a number of fascinating prostitutes who show more wisdom than the people who come to preach at them, and the dark character of Mrs. Castaway, Sugar’s madam/mother!

On top of a riveting plot, the novel pays homage to many great novels and writers of the Victorian age – I can see Eliot, Trollope, Braddon, and Charlotte Brontë to name a few. However, this is not an exclusively “Victorian” novel. Remember, the “neo” in neo-Victorian because this novel play fascinating narrative tricks, lacks any moral centre, and ends in media res (yes, very Browning, but still…). I would not say that Crimson Petal and the White is a postmodern text; however, it is certainly a product of a twenty-first century reading of the 1870s.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I am saving my critical analysis for a project I have in mind so in order to get a thorough reading of Faber’s novel, I suggest you pick it up and try it.

Possession

As a fan of A.S. Byatt’s Possession (1990), I enjoy the neo-Victorian genre because of the intellectual exercises that intersect with the fun of historical fiction. I have not yet found that love for Steampunk (but I have not given up, I promise), but I will certainly be looking at the list of neo-Victorian texts that take up space in my home library.

I suggest that perhaps you do the same. The Crimson Petal and the White goes lovely with a bottle of red wine, a snowstorm outside the window, and a Saturday night without plans.

Enjoy reading.