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Victorian Sensation Fiction

Victorian Sensation Fiction
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2008-11-14
  • Total pages :232
  • ISBN : 9781137287823
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Neo-Victorianism and Sensation Fiction

Neo-Victorianism and Sensation Fiction
  • Author : Jessica Cox
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-11-11
  • Total pages :251
  • ISBN : 9783030292904
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Summary : This book represents the first full-length study of the relationship between neo-Victorianism and nineteenth-century sensation fiction. It examines the diverse and multiple legacies of Victorian popular fiction by authors such as Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, tracing their influence on a range of genres and works, including detective fiction, YA writing, Gothic literature, and stage and screen adaptations. In doing so, it forces a reappraisal of critical understandings of neo-Victorianism in terms of its origins and meanings, as well as offering an important critical intervention in popular fiction studies. The work traces the afterlife of Victorian sensation fiction, taking in the neo-Gothic writing of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt, contemporary popular historical detective and YA fiction by authors including Elizabeth Peters and Philip Pullman, and the literary fiction of writers such as Joanne Harris and Charles Palliser. The work will appeal to scholars and students of Victorian fiction, neo-Victorianism, and popular culture alike.

The Bigamy Plot

The Bigamy Plot
  • Author : Maia McAleavey
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-05-18
  • Total pages :258
  • ISBN : 9781107103160
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Summary : Explores the prevalence of bigamy in Victorian fiction to challenge traditional understanding of the period's social and narrative conventions.

Victorian Sensations

Victorian Sensations
  • Author : Kimberly Harrison,Richard Fantina
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006-01-01
  • Total pages :278
  • ISBN : 9780814210314
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Summary : "Wildly popular with Victorian readers, sensation fiction was condemned by most critics for scandalous content and formal features that deviated from respectable Victorian realism. Victorian Sensations is the first collection to examine sensation fiction as a whole, showing it to push genre boundaries and resist easy classification. Comprehensive in scope, this collection includes twenty original essays employing various critical approaches to cover a range of topics that will interest many readers." "Essays are organized thematically into three sections: issues of genre; sensational representations of gender and sexuality; and the texts' complex readings of diverse social and cultural phenomena such as class, race, and empire. The introduction reviews the critical reception of sensation fiction to situate these new essays within a larger scholarly context."--BOOK JACKET.

Violent Women and Sensation Fiction

Violent Women and Sensation Fiction
  • Author : A. Mangham
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2007-08-16
  • Total pages :247
  • ISBN : 9780230286993
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Summary : This book explores ideas of violent femininity across generic and disciplinary boundaries during the nineteenth century. It aims to highlight how medical, legal and literary narratives shared notions of the volatile nature of women. Mangham traces intersections between notorious legal trials, theories of female insanity, and sensation novels.

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Victorian Sensation Fiction
  • Author : Jessica Cox
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2021
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 9781137471727
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The Sensation Novel and the Victorian Family Magazine

The Sensation Novel and the Victorian Family Magazine
  • Author : D. Wynne
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2001-07-11
  • Total pages :202
  • ISBN : 9780230596726
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Summary : Victorian sensation novels, with their compulsive plots of crime, transgression and mystery, were bestsellers. Deborah Wynne analyses the fascinating relationships between sensation novels and the magazines in which they were serialized. Drawing upon the work of Wilkie Collins, Mary Braddon, Charles Dickens, Ellen Wood, and Charles Reade, and such popular family journals as All The Year Round, The Cornhill, and Once a Week , the author highlights how novels and magazines worked together to engage in the major cultural and social debates of the period.

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

A Companion to Sensation Fiction
  • Author : Pamela K. Gilbert
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-06-20
  • Total pages :680
  • ISBN : 9781444342215
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Summary : This comprehensive collection offers a complete introduction to one of the most popular literary forms of the Victorian period, its key authors and works, its major themes, and its lasting legacy. Places key authors and novels in their cultural and historical context Includes studies of major topics such as race, gender, melodrama, theatre, poetry, realism in fiction, and connections to other art forms Contributions from top international scholars approach an important literary genre from a range of perspectives Offers both a pre and post-history of the genre to situate it in the larger tradition of Victorian publishing and literature Incorporates coverage of traditional research and cutting-edge contemporary scholarship

Sensational Deviance

Sensational Deviance
  • Author : Heidi Logan
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-07-06
  • Total pages :278
  • ISBN : 9780429843471
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Summary : Sensational Deviance: Disability in Nineteenth-Century Sensation Fiction investigates the representation of disability in fictional works by the leading Victorian sensation novelists Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, exploring how disability acts as a major element in the shaping of the sensation novel genre and how various sensation novels respond to traditional viewpoints of disability and to new developments in physiological and psychiatric knowledge. The depictions of disabled characters in sensation fiction frequently deviate strongly from typical depictions of disability in mainstream Victorian literature, undermining its stigmatized positioning as tragic deficit, severe limitation, or pathology. Close readings of nine individual novels situate their investigations of physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities against the period’s disability discourses and interest in senses, perception, stimuli, the nervous system, and the hereditability of impairments. The importance of moral insanity and degeneration theory within sensation fiction connect the genre with criminal anthropology, suggesting the genre’s further significance in the light of the later emergence of eugenics, psychoanalysis, and genetics.

The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction
  • Author : Andrew Mangham
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-10-17
  • Total pages :253
  • ISBN : 9780521760744
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Summary : In 1859 the popular novelist Wilkie Collins wrote of a ghostly woman, dressed from head to toe in white garments, laying her cold, thin hand on the shoulder of a young man as he walked home late one evening. His novel The Woman in White became hugely successful and popularised a style of writing that came to be known as sensation fiction. This Companion highlights the energy, the impact and the inventiveness of the novels that were written in 'sensational' style, including the work of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs Henry Wood and Florence Marryat. It contains fifteen specially-commissioned essays and includes a chronology and a guide to further reading. Accessible yet rigorous, this Companion questions what influenced the shape and texture of the sensation novel, and what its repercussions were both in the nineteenth century and up to the present day.

From Wollstonecraft to Stoker

From Wollstonecraft to Stoker
  • Author : Marilyn Brock
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-01-10
  • Total pages :220
  • ISBN : 9780786454402
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Summary : This collection of 13 essays examines the work of Victorian authors Wilkie Collins, M.E. Braddon, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Mary Wollstonecraft, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James and Charlotte Brontë. Each essay explores their use of archetypal Gothic elements, such as dark secrets and forbidden sensations, to depict nineteenth-century attitudes to class, gender, race, colonialism and imperialism.

Victorian Sensational Fiction

Victorian Sensational Fiction
  • Author : R. Fantina
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-12-21
  • Total pages :205
  • ISBN : 9780230102156
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Summary : This book recovers the fiction of Charles Reade, who was among the best-known authors of the sensation fiction of the 1860s, as a body of work that anticipates recent trends in literary and cultural theory.

Rediscovering Victorian Women Sensation Writers

Rediscovering Victorian Women Sensation Writers
  • Author : Anne-Marie Beller,Tara MacDonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-09-07
  • Total pages :125
  • ISBN : 9781317754008
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Summary : Scholarly understanding of the Victorian literary field has changed dramatically in the past thirty years, due in large part to the extensive recovery of sensation fiction and a corresponding recognition of that genre’s importance in the literary debates, trends, and wider cultural practices of the period. Yet until very recently, work on sensationalism has focused on a narrow range of authors and works, with Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and Ellen Wood retaining the preponderance of critical attention. This collection examines the fiction of ten women sensation writers who were immensely popular in the Victorian period but remain critically neglected today – writers such as Annie Edwardes, M.C. Houstoun, Annie French, Dora Russell and others. The Victorian sensation novel was categorically associated with women by Victorian reviewers and this collection extends our current understanding of this sub-genre by showing that female sensation writers were often sophisticated in their textual strategies, employing a range of metafictional techniques and narrative innovations. By moving beyond the novelists who have come to represent the genre, this book presents a fuller, more nuanced, understanding of the spectrum of writing that constructed the concept of ‘sensationalism’ for Victorian readers and critics. The book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s Writing.

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction
  • Author : E. Steere
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-10-30
  • Total pages :210
  • ISBN : 9781137365262
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Summary : The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction: 'Kitchen Literature' explores why Victorian sensation fiction was derided as literature fit only for maids and cooks and how the depictions of fictional female domestics, from Jane Eyre to Neo-Victorian novels, reflect contemporary social concerns about the blurring of the boundaries of class and gender.

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

A Companion to Sensation Fiction
  • Author : Pamela K. Gilbert
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-07-18
  • Total pages :680
  • ISBN : 1405195584
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Summary : This comprehensive collection offers a complete introduction to one of the most popular literary forms of the Victorian period, its key authors and works, its major themes, and its lasting legacy. Places key authors and novels in their cultural and historical context Includes studies of major topics such as race, gender, melodrama, theatre, poetry, realism in fiction, and connections to other art forms Contributions from top international scholars approach an important literary genre from a range of perspectives Offers both a pre and post-history of the genre to situate it in the larger tradition of Victorian publishing and literature Incorporates coverage of traditional research and cutting-edge contemporary scholarship

Lady Audley's Secret

Lady Audley's Secret
  • Author : Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-11-17
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 9781465605429
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Summary : It lay down in a hollow, rich with fine old timber and luxuriant pastures; and you came upon it through an avenue of limes, bordered on either side by meadows, over the high hedges of which the cattle looked inquisitively at you as you passed, wondering, perhaps, what you wanted; for there was no thorough-fare, and unless you were going to the Court you had no business there at all. At the end of this avenue there was an old arch and a clock tower, with a stupid, bewildering clock, which had only one handÑand which jumped straight from one hour to the nextÑand was therefore always in extremes. Through this arch you walked straight into the gardens of Audley Court. A smooth lawn lay before you, dotted with groups of rhododendrons, which grew in more perfection here than anywhere else in the county. To the right there were the kitchen gardens, the fish-pond, and an orchard bordered by a dry moat, and a broken ruin of a wall, in some places thicker than it was high, and everywhere overgrown with trailing ivy, yellow stonecrop, and dark moss. To the left there was a broad graveled walk, down which, years ago, when the place had been a convent, the quiet nuns had walked hand in hand; a wall bordered with espaliers, and shadowed on one side by goodly oaks, which shut out the flat landscape, and circled in the house and gardens with a darkening shelter. The house faced the arch, and occupied three sides of a quadrangle. It was very old, and very irregular and rambling. The windows were uneven; some small, some large, some with heavy stone mullions and rich stained glass; others with frail lattices that rattled in every breeze; others so modern that they might have been added only yesterday. Great piles of chimneys rose up here and there behind the pointed gables, and seemed as if they were so broken down by age and long service that they must have fallen but for the straggling ivy which, crawling up the walls and trailing even over the roof, wound itself about them and supported them. The principal door was squeezed into a corner of a turret at one angle of the building, as if it were in hiding from dangerous visitors, and wished to keep itself a secretÑa noble door for all thatÑold oak, and studded with great square-headed iron nails, and so thick that the sharp iron knocker struck upon it with a muffled sound, and the visitor rung a clanging bell that dangled in a corner among the ivy, lest the noise of the knocking should never penetrate the stronghold.

The Maniac in the Cellar

The Maniac in the Cellar
  • Author : Winifred Hughes
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-07-14
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9781400855476
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Summary : Once a controversial genre of Victorian fiction that produced the major best sellers of its century, the now-forgotten sensation novel was a publishing phenomenon in its time. In a vivid portrait of this subversive and discomfiting popular literature, Winifred Hughes identifies its ingredients, its practitioners, and its implications, and reveals its significance both for the mid-Victorian consciousness and for the writers and readers of today. Originally published in 1981. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

East Lynne

East Lynne
  • Author : Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1892
  • Total pages :471
  • ISBN : HARVARD:RSL1F2
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Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels

Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels
  • Author : Laurence Talairach-Vielmas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-15
  • Total pages :200
  • ISBN : 9781317093916
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Summary : Laurence Talairach-Vielmas explores Victorian representations of femininity in narratives that depart from mainstream realism, from fairy tales by George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, Juliana Horatia Ewing, and Jean Ingelow, to sensation novels by Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Rhoda Broughton, and Charles Dickens. Feminine representation, Talairach-Vielmas argues, is actually presented in a hyper-realistic way in such anti-realistic genres as children's literature and sensation fiction. In fact, it is precisely the clash between fantasy and reality that enables the narratives to interrogate the real and re-create a new type of realism that exposes the normative constraints imposed to contain the female body. In her exploration of the female body and its representations, Talairach-Vielmas examines how Victorian fantasies and sensation novels deconstruct and reconstruct femininity; she focuses in particular on the links between the female characters and consumerism, and shows how these serve to illuminate the tensions underlying the representation of the Victorian ideal.

Attention Span and Writing Process in Victorian Sensation Novels and Their Theatrical Adaptations

Attention Span and Writing Process in Victorian Sensation Novels and Their Theatrical Adaptations
  • Author : Leilani Serafin
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 1369795599
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Summary : Although the novel is often considered the dominant literary form during the Victorian period, it evolved in the context of the theater. This dissertation examines the popular genre of sensation fiction in relation to the many theatrical adaptations that sensation novels inspired. Sensation novels are famous for plot devices involving mistaken identity and character doubles, but little attention has been devoted to their generic double, the theatrical adaptation. Because theatrical adaptations generated income for their adaptors, novelists and other dramatic adaptors often competed for profits, making the production of these adaptations an intriguing mirror of the contentious doubling and mistaken identity in sensation novels themselves. Thus, this dissertation argues that the specific questions of identity endemic to the plots of sensation novels reflect the issues of creation, imitation, and adaptation that govern their production. To explore this mirroring process, I read three best-selling sensation novels in the context of their theatrical adaptations: Charles Reade’s It Is Never Too Late to Mend, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret, and Ouida’s Under Two Flags. In each of these novels and its theatrical context, I find an extended discussion of a unique construction of Victorian attention span—a relevant concept for a discussion of theatrical adaptation, given the distinct types of attention called for by a novel versus a play. It Is Never Too Late to Mend and the two plays associated with it advance the attentive model of industriousness to argue that focused attention can turn thieves (the thieves in the texts as well as the literary thieves who illegally adapted Reade’s novel) into authors, thereby solidifying intellectual property rights. Opposing Reade’s ideal of industriousness, Lady Audley’s Secret explores attentive patterns associated with bewilderment and absorption, Braddon’s process of juggling three simultaneous writing projects involves a type of authorial multitasking that ironizes Robert Audley’s bewildered absorption. Prominent lawsuits concerning both the dramatic adaptations of It Is Never Too Late to Mend and Lady Audley’s Secret further demonstrate the authorial multitasking that interfered with conventional ideals of focused literary authorship. Finally, Ouida structures Under Two Flags around the Renaissance concept of sprezzatura, a performative nonchalance that overlaps intriguingly with Victorian theories of “natural acting.” Each of these sensation novels advances a unique vision of attention span, and this dissertation examines how each of these attentive modes—industriousness, bewilderment, absorption, and sprezzatura—interacts with the contexts under which the novels were produced and adapted for the theater.

The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story

The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story
  • Author : Scott Brewster,Luke Thurston
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-11-14
  • Total pages :488
  • ISBN : 9781317288930
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Summary : The Handbook to the Ghost Story sets out to survey and significantly extend a new field of criticism which has been taking shape over recent years, centring on the ghost story and bringing together a vast range of interpretive methods and theoretical perspectives. The main task of the volume is to properly situate the genre within historical and contemporary literary cultures across the globe, and to explore its significance within wider literary contexts as well as those of the supernatural. The Handbook offers the most significant contribution to this new critical field to date, assembling some of its leading scholars to examine the key contexts and issues required for understanding the emergence and development of the ghost story.