Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025461, Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:39:01 -0700

Mansfield Park in Time & Space
Dear Jansy,

The wonderful John Sutherland (British, but last I heard lecturing here in Pasadena at Cal Tech) in a lecture on Wuthering Heights says that setting novels back 30 or 40 years from the date of publication became a commonplace called "antedating" in mid-Victorian literature. He gives as examples, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Vanity Fair. 

Mansfield Park of course is pre-Victorian so may have started a trend. Be that as it may, I have found a web page which addresses your concerns in some depth ("a Calendar for Manfield Park") and here is its URL:

I hope to tackle the Cinderella question myself - have located the book by folklorist Marian Roalfe Cox (1892). Some day anyway.


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