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Adaptations of nineteenth-century narratives are a staple of prime-time drama, but the costume classics have now been joined by a new kind of Neo-Victorian tale. Popular shows like Ripper Street and Sherlock reinvent the past as a fictive playground of ideas, where contemporary fears and fantasies can be played out. But why do writers return to the past in order to scrutinise modernity? And what happens in the intersection between history, literature and mass media?
- Dr Marie-Luise Kohlke (Swansea) – Reciprocal Haunting in Ripper Street: Spectres of Twenty-First-Century Sexual Abuse in Neo-Victorian Media
- Michael Eaton (television and radio writer) – ‘Victorians such as Us’
- Dr Benjamin Poore (York) - The Strange Casebooks of Dr Jekyll and Mr Holmes: Adaptations and the limits of Neo-Victorianism
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