My research considers the ways that contemporary culture reimagines and plays with Victorian literature and history, in contexts ranging from adaptations of Victorian novels in film and fiction to heritage tourism in the U.K. In December of 2013, I completed a PhD dissertation titled, “Nineteenth-Century Playground: Imagining the Past in Contemporary Middlebrow Culture,” which analyzes contemporary middlebrow appropriations of nineteenth-century British culture. I argue that despite common assumptions that middlebrow fantasies of the nineteenth century reflect an uncritical nostalgia, these appropriations function as meaningful forms of play, recreating the nineteenth century as an immersive historical “playground” that works as a site for coping with contemporary anxiety and desire.


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