Below is a detailed record of the “Virtually Victorian” articles featured on Novel Ideas. The entries descend chronologically, each containing the title, the date, an image from the text, a brief summary, and a hyperlink to the original article. An entry for a major monthly post also includes the hyperlink to its respective “Reason & Romanticism” companion article.
This “Virtually Victorian” installment considers Christina Rossetti’s 1862 poem Goblin Market at the intersection of Victorian consumer culture and issues of the female body. Departing from conventional assessments of the fairy tale as one that depicts “vulnerable” women susceptible to consumption, this post examines Lizzie’s character with an eye to the ways women can invert power dynamics inherent in traditional relationships between consumers and consumable goods. Enjoy this set of “modern musings” from Novel Ideas that engages everything from nineteenth-century shopping history to Playboy magazine, to re-envision – and thus re-commodify – Rossetti’s innovative piece.
Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre (2011) distinguishes itself as a meritorious film adaptation and period drama amid the ever-growing compendium of Brontë-inspired literature, movies, and assorted spin-off ephemera. While solid acting and overall accuracy in depicting Charlotte Brontë’s literary vision contribute to the production’s success, this review maintains that a unique aesthetic serves as the piece’s most noteworthy characteristic. Ultimately, cinematic elements that explore facets of “modernity” within a nineteenth-century context render the film an innovative and accessible interpretation of this classic Victorian novel.
** “Reason & Romanticism” companion article: Marie Antoinette Wore Converse