Neo-Victorian Cannibalism

A Theory of Contemporary Adaptations

  • Tammy Lai-Ming Ho

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
    Pages 1-5
  3. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
    Pages 55-87
  4. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
    Pages 89-123
  5. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
    Pages 125-129
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 131-150

About this book


This Pivot examines a body of contemporary neo-Victorian novels whose uneasy relationship with the past can be theorised in terms of aggressive eating, including cannibalism. Not only is the imagery of eating repeatedly used by critics to comprehend neo-Victorian literature, the theme of cannibalism itself also appears overtly or implicitly in a number of the novels and their Victorian prototypes, thereby mirroring the cannibalistic relationship between the contemporary and the Victorian. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho argues that aggressive eating or cannibalism can be seen as a pathological and defining characteristic of neo-Victorian fiction, demonstrating how cannibalism provides a framework for understanding the genre’s origin, its conflicted, ambivalent and violent relationship with its Victorian predecessors and the grotesque and gothic effects that it generates in its fiction.


neo-Victorian fiction Victorian fiction cannibalism in literature Bram Stoker Dracula Jane Eyre gothic literature Gaynor Arnold Richard Flanagan Charles Dickens Tom Holland Leslie S. Klinger Dacre Stoker Ian Holt Wide Sargasso Sea A.S. Byatt adaptations of Jane Eyre adaptations of Wurthering Heights

Authors and affiliations

  • Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
    • 1
  1. 1.Hong Kong Baptist University Kowlong TongHong Kong

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