The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana has ratings and 16 reviews. Lori said: This book is big. Really big. Vastly and hugely big. You may think it. Fantastic Victoriana is an incredibly ambitious work. Any work that sets out to call itself an “encyclopedia” of anything is immediately setting. When approaching any massive encyclopedic reference work such as Jess Nevins’s The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, one of the first things to do is look.

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It is a work of literary criticism, a work of literary history, a work of fan victorinaa – it is many things, and a fine example of many of them.

This fantastkc is magnificient in all aspects. Astral rated it it was amazing Jun 14, This is an encyclopevia resource on 19th century pulp fiction gothic, horror, historical romance, et al. If you’re the least bit interested in any of those, pick it up. People may also be interested in his pulp heroes site, as well as his notes on Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Proudly powered by WordPress. For instance, in several cases, important and influential works are indexed by a character that appears in them – and not even necessarily by the main character!

For instance, Nevins ranges well beyond fantastical literature of the period, sweeping in genre works of all kinds, including Westerns and detective fiction, but because of his expanded focus, Nevins’ choices are necessarily eclectic.

Hard to find now, I was lucky to be able to get a copy when it first came out.

This book will steal months of your life. The book tends to be far more clear and less indulgent in its tone. Jess knows his stuff, and now thanks to his encyclopedia, so do I.

Entries are organized, for example, by character name.


Jess Nevins’ The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

While we’re at it, it’s worth mentioning that those two examples give an indication of the problem with using this book as a casual reference work—the inconsistency of the referencing schema. Jun 19, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite its resemblance encyclopeedia an encyclopedia, the work is sui generis. However, vctoriana concession allows Nevins to situate his observations about the literature of the period even the cheap, disposable literature in the larger context of seminal works.

Karen rated it it was amazing May 12, The first thing that strikes you about this book is the magnificent front cover by John Picacio. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nevins has done nothing less than provide twenty-first century readers with a guidebook for an era of the Fantastic that fewer and fewer these days are aware even exists. victodiana

No mention is made of the cultural significance of most of the characters mentioned within, either in other books later on or in other media to come. I can scarcely imagine the amount of time and energy that went into this work, and fantastuc is a very complete reference. Lists with This Book. May 10, at It’s not designed to be the be-all and end-all guide to fiction from the period.

I did not recall the name of Edmond Dantes, so I came across that entry purely encyclopediq random flipping through the book. It absolutely boggles my mind to see the level of scholarship that goes in to a book like this.

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana – Jess Nevins, Michael Moorcock – Google Books

Be the first afntastic ask a question about The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana. It is not exactly a reference work; rather, to the extent that it is one, it’s a poor one.

Jul 09, Stephen Simpson rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is text, text, and more text. However, this is not a major quibble, especially considering the more than 1, pages of worthy material here. May 17, Landon rated it liked it. The front of the book does have a “contents page” of sorts, in that each letter of the alphabet is listed along with each entry filed under a given letter.


And read it I did; for what is ostensibly a reference work, it is immensely readable.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dave rated it it was amazing Dec 23, It’s not a terrible one, mind you, but to approach it solely as a reference work is to miss its many strengths. The way in which it achieves that feat, however, also contributes to one of the book’s great strengths. Holy CRAP this book is amazing. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art.

May 11, at 9: The most common of these are, as you’d expect, straightforward exposition of a particular text.

The nineteenth century was one of the richest periods for the exploration of the Fantastic in art, and the literature of the time gave us such characters as Sherlock Holmes, Ivanhoe, Judah Ben Hur, Allan Quatermain, Quasimodo, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Everything About You by Heather Child. Any work that sets out to call itself an “encyclopedia” of anything is immediately setting itself up as authoritative and, by its nature, definitive.

To continue with “Hyde, Edmund” as an example, Nevins gives an overview of the most prevalent interpretations of the text, which include Hyde as repressed id, Hyde as evolutionary throwback, and Hyde as repressed homosexual persona.