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Deceitful Journals in Neo-Victorian Fiction



Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description This paper offers a closer look at two neo-Victorian novels: Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt and Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd and the role of journals in them. What becomes prevalent in both of these works are the numerous omissions, secrets and tricks that the writers of the journals use to confuse the reader. This deceit mirrors the duality of the Victorian era – on the surface, posing as a time when virtue was prevalent and immorality associated only with outcasts, while behind the closed doors, the hypocrisy usually becomes apparent. Through the journals, the reader can observe the problematic relationship with truth even in the medium that is intended to encourage openness.
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