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How to read Ouida:"A Dog of Flanders"

How to read Ouida:"A Dog of Flanders"

Jordan, Jane and King, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0003-2348-4231 (2014) How to read Ouida:"A Dog of Flanders". In: Lecture presenting Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture, 26 Feb 2014, University of Kingson, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, UK. (Unpublished)

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"A Dog of Flanders" is Ouida's most popular text, outstripping even her two best-known novels *Under Two Flags* and *Moths*. It has formed the basis of several films and TV series, and is part of Antwerp's tourist trail. My question here though seeks to establish the main ways the text has been used, and thereby the parameters within which it can be interpreted. While following its main function as a gift book over 150 years, I show that reading it in its original context suggests rather unexpected political overtones.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Lecture)
Additional Information: [1] Event to celebrate publication of 'Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture,' edited by Jane Jordan and Andrew King (Ashgate, 2013). Ouida, the pseudonym of Louise Ramé (1839-1908), was one of the most productive, widely circulated and adapted of Victorian novelists, with a readership that ranged from Vernon Lee, Oscar Wilde and Ruskin to the nameless newspaper readers and subscribers to lending libraries. This collection offers a radically new view of Ouida, helping us thereby to rethink our perceptions of popular women writers in general, theatrical adaptation of their fiction, and their engagements with imperialism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ouida
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Literature & Drama Research Group
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 12:33

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