Dr Danielle Mariann Dove


Visiting Research Fellow and Associate Tutor in English Literature
BA, MA, PhD

Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.

Biography

Areas of specialism

Neo-Victorianism; Victorian literature and visual and material culture; Dress and fashion history; History and culture of celebrity

In the media

Research

Research interests

Courses I teach on

Undergraduate

My publications

Publications

Dove, Danielle (2019). 'Ghostly Gloves, Haunted Hands: The Material Trace in Sarah Waters's Affinity and Fingersmith'
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Drawing on existing work on the theoretical notion of the trace in neo-Victorian fiction, this article foregrounds the material trace as an appropriate framework for examining neo-Victorian gloves. Considering the ways in which gloves take on a ghostly life and agency of their own in neo-Victorianism, this article seeks to interrogate the material and spectral traces that they leave behind in Sarah Waters's  (1999) and  (2002). It aims to show the significance of sartorial matters in these contemporary re-imaginings of the Victorian period, and to examine neo-Victorian fiction's relationship with the traces and fingerprints of the past. Locating the glove as entrenched within cultural memory as an explicitly Victorian item, this article suggests that it acts as both a marker of Victorian situatedness and a palpable entity capable of transgressing the temporal, spatial, and sexual boundaries that exist between the past and present.
AffinityFingersmith