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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Strange Horizons – The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana by Jess Nevins By Tim Phipps

It is a work of literary criticism, a work of literary history, a work of fan trivia – it is many things, and a fine example of many of them. Apr 27, Paul rated it it was amazing. It’s not a terrible one, mind you, but to approach it solely as a reference work is to miss its many strengths.

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.

Steve rated it liked it Sep 11, However, this is not a major quibble, especially considering the more than 1, pages of worthy material here. Facebook Google Twitter Print Email. Entries such as “Fin de Siecle,” “Future War,” and afntastic Yellow Peril” serve as touchstones or maps to other entries which dig deeper into works discussing the issue at hand.

Dec 17, Cleolinda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rather more usefully for me, at least is the “Author Index” that the publishers make available on their website herewhich makes navigating the victoriaana awfully easier. I really like this book and all of stories it references that I had never read or even heard of. It’s not designed to be the be-all and end-all guide to fiction from the period.


May 11, at 9: This, I should mention, is a thing I do with reference books sometimes. The most common of these are, as you’d expect, straightforward exposition of a particular text. The literature of the fantastic stretches back as far as Homer, after all, and likely even before that. 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.

Original Fiction in Dave rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Highly recommended to Sherlockians and students of the Victorian pop literature scene alike!

Jess Nevins’ The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

But it’s not, and that’s a deliberate choice on the author’s part. This work is magnificient in all aspects. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art. Jul 09, Stephen Simpson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Probably the most amazing collection of Victorian “pulp” fiction references available.

When you do get to the entry you’re looking for, the usual format is a brief synopsis of the text followed by an analysis of the text in a wider context.

The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

I’ve not heard of most of the stuff in here. I’m also sure, however, that there are others beside victorisna that must have looked at something filed in a particular place in Fantastic Victoriana and thought “huh? Aug 01, Patrick rated it it was amazing. Having already spent years amassing enough books to stun a team of oxen in its tracks, realized what his life mission must be when he read that author Umberto Eco actually fantastlc to switch apartments because his old home could no longer support the weight of all his books.


It’s a truly magnificent work, though due to a limited print run and high demand on the secondary market, unobtainable at any reasonable price in hardcopy encycoopedia I had to read it in Kindle format. This book is text, text, and more text. Trivia About The Encyclopedia So very, very pretty. Nevins actually read everything he writes about here.

Rncyclopedia rated it it was amazing Jun 14, Nevins isn’t afraid to give his own perspective on the validity of these interpretations and does so without being dismissive of them—for the curious, he comes down on the side of evolutionary throwback but caveats this with the assertion that the text isn’t really one that stands up to close allegorical scrutiny.

Hardcoverpages. Reading encyclopediae is not normally my bag, but Jess Nevins’ masterpiece of genre research begged to be made an exception. I can scarcely imagine the amount of time and energy that went into this work, and it is a very complete reference. If it’s outside of your price range, then at least convince your local library to buy it.

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 encycpopedia schema.

There’s no entry corresponding to the novel itself, nor is there an entry for “Jekyll, Henry. Warren Smit rated it it was amazing Sep 26, Jul 17, Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing.