Byatt's novel about the parallel love affairs of a pair of Victorian poets and two uptight modern scholars who are their counterparts, the Victorians have a tryst. Christabel Jennifer Ehle pushes aside her heavy braid, giving Randolph Jeremy Northam access to her corset, a chaste contraption that Mr. Northam approaches reverently, undoing its fretwork of lacing with a slow hand. Set amid mounds of paisley bedclothes, the scene is a protracted tease, projecting a languorous sexiness that seems to resonate with modern audiences. It is one in a growing body of vignettes from current fiction, fashions, films and art exhibitions that are feeding an appetite for the drawn-out pleasures and luxurious sensuality more commonly linked with Victorian times. There is a flurry of current runway shows, in which designers as stylistically disparate as Ralph Lauren and the flamboyant Italian Roberto Cavalli play up the corset as a formidable weapon in the modern arsenal of seduction. And there is ''The Crimson Petal and the White,'' Michel Faber's sprawling Dickensian novel about a clever prostitute who sleeps her way to the top in late 19th-century London, replete with the ingredients that make the Victorians so compelling to the modern mind. The tale unfolds in a leisurely way that is rare in contemporary letters, through an accretion of detail that makes the period vivid and sexy to a modern reader. A claque of prostitutes smell ''like a barrowful of cut flowers on a humid day.
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