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Neo-Victorianism, settler (post)colonialism and domesticity in Patrick White's Voss (2019)
Journal Article
Boccardi, M. (in press). Neo-Victorianism, settler (post)colonialism and domesticity in Patrick White's Voss. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, https://doi.org/10.1177/0021989419846926

This article reads Patrick White’s 1957 novel Voss as an early example of Neo-Victorian fiction, a relatively recent but critically well-established category of post-war and contemporary fiction that has not yet been deployed with reference to Voss.... Read More about Neo-Victorianism, settler (post)colonialism and domesticity in Patrick White's Voss.

The naturalist in the Garden of Eden: Science and colonial landscape in Jem Poster's Rifling Paradise (2006) (2016)
Journal Article
Boccardi, M. (2016). The naturalist in the Garden of Eden: Science and colonial landscape in Jem Poster's Rifling Paradise (2006). Victoriographies, 6(2), 112-130. https://doi.org/10.3366/vic.2016.0227

This essay seeks to supplement an established critical tradition that reads natural history in Neo-Victorian fiction from a post-modern and largely de-politicised perspective. I argue that the figure of the naturalist can be used to revisit natural... Read More about The naturalist in the Garden of Eden: Science and colonial landscape in Jem Poster's Rifling Paradise (2006).

Barry Unsworth's Morality Play: Narrative, detection, history (2016)
Journal Article
Boccardi, M. (2016). Barry Unsworth's Morality Play: Narrative, detection, history. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, 7(2), 204-213. https://doi.org/10.1057/pmed.2016.9

© 2016 Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Morality Play is a historical detective novel set in the late fourteenth century and published in 1995, at a time of flourishing for historical fiction in Britain. This article argues that the novel shares some of the... Read More about Barry Unsworth's Morality Play: Narrative, detection, history.

Biography, the postmodern last frontier: Banville, Barnes, Byatt and Unsworth (2001)
Journal Article
Boccardi, M. (2001). Biography, the postmodern last frontier: Banville, Barnes, Byatt and Unsworth

The article examines four novels by well-known contemporary authors, which share a biographer for protagonist. These texts are read in light of postmodern theories of narrative and history.