Simon Joyce

Simon Joyce is an associate professor of English and the director of the Literary and Cultural Studies program at the College of William and Mary. He is the author of Capital Offenses: Geographies of Class and Crime in Victorian London.

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When Margaret Thatcher called in 1979 for a return to Victorian values such as hard work, self-reliance, thrift, and national pride, Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock responded that “Victorian values” also included “cruelty, misery, drudgery, squalor, and ignorance.” The Victorians in the Rearview Mirror is an in-depth look at the ways that the twentieth century reacted to and reimagined its predecessor.

“Joyce offers a fascinating range of case studies of writers, film-makers and politicians who have appropriated the culture and ideas of the nineteenth century in the wake of English Modernism.... A rich work that suggests why those eminent Victorians remain so immanent.”

The Times Literary Supplement