Neo-Victorianism on Screen

Postfeminism and Contemporary Adaptations of Victorian Women

  • Antonija Primorac

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)

About this book


This book broadens the scope of inquiry of neo-Victorian studies by focusing primarily on screen adaptations and appropriations of Victorian literature and culture. More specifically, this monograph spotlights the overlapping yet often conflicting drives at work in representations of Victorian heroines in contemporary film and TV. Primorac’s close analyses of screen representations of Victorian women pay special attention to the use of costume and clothes, revealing the tensions between diverse theoretical interventions and generic (often market-oriented) demands. The author elucidates  the push and pull between postcolonial critique and nostalgic, often Orientalist spectacle; between feminist textual interventions and postfeminist media images. Furthermore, this book examines neo-Victorianism’s relationship with postfeminist media culture and offers an analysis of the politics behind onscreen treatment of Victorian gender roles, family structures, sexuality, and colonial space.


adaptation agency clothes on screen colonial space cultural memory gender neo-Victorianism cinematic nostalgia Victorian representation postfeminism post-feminism postcolonial post-colonial Victorian women Victorian

Authors and affiliations

  • Antonija Primorac
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities and Social ScienceUniversity of Split SplitCroatia

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