V for Victorian Vendetta

Ana Simão
Modern society is much indebted to the Victorian Age, an era of immeasurable progress and development, namely in the fields of science and technology. Indeed, the Victorian aesthetic, along with its distinctive tropes and motifs, have remained influential in contemporary literature and art. At the end of the twentieth-century, the emergence of Neo-Victorian Studies, whose endeavour is to understand how these structures and ideals are appropriated and re-defined in art and literature today,
more » ... erature today, bears witness to this cultural influence.Because Neo-Victorianism is a recent field of studies, scholars still battle with a solid definition. Nevertheless, most agree to determine it in relation to adaptations and/or appropriations of Victorian motifs, themes or structures. With these ideas in mind, this article explores how V for Vendetta, both the graphic novel – written by Alan Moore and David Lloyd and serialized between 1982 and 1989, – and the movie – directed by James McTeigue and released in 2006 – which seem, at first sight, to have no connection to anything remotely Victorian, appropriate and transpose Victorian tropes to a future dystopian time in order to create two analogous expressionsof Neo-Victorianism.
doi:10.34632/gaudiumsciendi.2015.2749 fatcat:kwovpf3rabb6nmvd5bh2zajau4