Black Neo-Victoriana


Black Neo-Victoriana is the first book-length study on contemporary re-imaginations of Blackness in the long nineteenth century. Located at the intersections of postcolonial studies, Black studies, and neo-Victorian criticism, this interdisciplinary collection engages with the global trend to reimagine and rewrite Black Victorian subjectivities that have been continually marginalised in both historical and cultural discourses. Contributions cover a range of media, from novels and drama to film, television and material culture, and draw upon cultural formations such as Black fandom, Black dandyism, or steamfunk. The book evidences how neo-Victorian studies benefits from reading re-imaginations of the long nineteenth century vis-à-vis Black epistemologies, which unhinge neo-Victorianism’s dominant spatial and temporal axes and reroute them to conceive of the (neo-)Victorian through Blackness.

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Felipe Espinoza Garrido, Ph.D. (2019), is Assistant Professor in English, Postcolonial and Media Studies at the University of Münster. He has published in popular culture and postcolonial studies, foremost international film and television studies and (neo-)Victorian popular literature.

Marlena Tronicke, Ph.D. (2017), is Assistant Professor of British literary and cultural studies at the University of Münster. She is the author of Shakespeare’s Suicides: Dead Bodies That Matter (2018) and has also published on contemporary drama and neo-Victorian literature.

Julian Wacker is Lecturer for English, Postcolonial, and Media Studies at the University of Münster. His Ph.D. thesis examines how Black British music videos re-imagine the neoliberal city. He has published on British grime music, Black popular culture, and Teju Cole.
The collection will be of interest to students (graduate/postgraduate) as well as academics working in neo-Victorian Studies, Black British culture, and historical fictions (particularly of the long nineteenth century).
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