Victorian Sensation Fiction

Victorian Sensation Fiction

A concise and lucid overview of the key criticism -- from early reviews to twenty-first commentaries -- surrounding the popular genre of Victorian "sensation" fiction.

Author: Andrew Radford

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131643061

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 217

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A concise and lucid overview of the key criticism -- from early reviews to twenty-first commentaries -- surrounding the popular genre of Victorian "sensation" fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Violent Women and Sensation Fiction

Violent Women and Sensation Fiction

This book explores ideas of violent femininity across generic and disciplinary boundaries during the nineteenth century.

Author: A. Mangham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230286993

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

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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.
Categories: Fiction

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Author: Jessica Cox

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137471727

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Victorian Sensations

Victorian Sensations

Comprehensive in scope, this collection includes twenty original essays employing various critical approaches to cover a range of topics that will interest many readers.

Author: Kimberly Harrison

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 9780814210314

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 278

View: 844

"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.
Categories: Literary Collections

From Wollstonecraft to Stoker

From Wollstonecraft to Stoker

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, ...

Author: Marilyn Brock

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786454402

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

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.

Author: Pamela K. Gilbert

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444342215

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 680

View: 251

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
Categories: Literary Criticism

Sensational Deviance

Sensational Deviance

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 ...

Author: Heidi Logan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429843471

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction

Accessible and comprehensive account of the sensation novel of the nineteenth century.

Author: Andrew Mangham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521760744

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Victorian Sensational Fiction

Victorian Sensational Fiction

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.

Author: R. Fantina

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230102156

Category: Fiction

Page: 205

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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.
Categories: Fiction

Neo Victorianism and Sensation Fiction

Neo Victorianism and Sensation Fiction

This book represents the first full-length study of the relationship between neo-Victorianism and nineteenth-century sensation fiction.

Author: Jessica Cox

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030292904

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

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.

Author: Pamela K. Gilbert

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 1405195584

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 680

View: 111

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
Categories: Literary Criticism

Creating character

Creating character

This book explores the ways in which the two leading sensation authors of the 1860s, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Wilkie Collins, engaged with nineteenth-century ideas about personality formation and the extent to which it can be influenced ...

Author: Helena Ifill

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526126597

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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This book explores the ways in which the two leading sensation authors of the 1860s, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Wilkie Collins, engaged with nineteenth-century ideas about personality formation and the extent to which it can be influenced either by the subject or by others. Innovative readings of seven sensation novels explore how they employ and challenge Victorian theories of heredity, degeneration, inherent constitution, education, upbringing and social circumstance. Far from presenting a reductive depiction of ‘nature’ versus ‘nurture’, Braddon and Collins show the creation of character to be a complex interplay of internal and external factors. Drawing on material ranging from medical textbooks, to sociological treatises, to popular periodicals, Creating character shows how sensation authors situated themselves at the intersections of established and developing, conservative and radical, learned and sensationalist thought about how identity could be made and modified.
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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

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 ...

Author: Leilani Serafin

Publisher:

ISBN: 1369795599

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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.
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Victorian Sensations

Victorian Sensations

Comprehensive in scope, this collection includes twenty original essays employing various critical approaches to cover a range of topics that will interest many readers.

Author: Kimberly Harrison

Publisher:

ISBN: 0814252664

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 939

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. In addition to well-known novels such as The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, this volume addresses other works by Collins and Braddon as well as those of Sheridan Le Fanu, Rhoda Broughton, Charles Reade, Ellen (Mrs. Henry) Wood, and perhaps surprisingly, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. Sensation literature, once considered one-dimensionally as a vehicle for contrived, plot-driven stories of mystery and intrigue, is shown here as a multi-faceted formal and ideological hybrid. 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 critical reception of sensation fiction to situate these new essays within a larger scholarly context. Victorian Sensations aims to further previous efforts to recognize sensation fiction as an integral part of Victorian literature and not as the subgenre that it has too long been considered. The collection's broad scope indicates the breadth and complexity of the genre itself.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Science Sexuality and Sensation Novels

Science  Sexuality and Sensation Novels

This fascinating new book offers a detailed account of the prolific debate about the sensation novel and considers the genre's dialogues with a number of sciences.

Author: L. Garrison

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230297586

Category: Fiction

Page: 226

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This fascinating new book offers a detailed account of the prolific debate about the sensation novel and considers the genre's dialogues with a number of sciences. Well-known and obscure sensation novels are read against this context in order to recover the forgotten history of sensual reading the genre inspired.
Categories: Fiction

Feeling Clumsy Feeling Alien

Feeling Clumsy  Feeling Alien

"Feeling Clumsy, Feeling Alien: Gender and Affect in Victorian Sensation Fiction" explores the interactions between the shock of reading sensation fiction and the affective potential of the genre using Sara Ahmed's definition of the killjoy ...

Author: Gracie M. Bain

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1114335599

Category: English literature

Page: 120

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"Feeling Clumsy, Feeling Alien: Gender and Affect in Victorian Sensation Fiction" explores the interactions between the shock of reading sensation fiction and the affective potential of the genre using Sara Ahmed's definition of the killjoy and the affect alien. The sensation genre, as explained in its name, is potentially useful when thinking about affective ties in the Victorian period. The first chapter, "Tracing Sensations: Finding and Following the Killjoy" explores the affective footwork that readers of sensation fiction are asked to perform in their sympathetic process with the female villains and fallen heroines. Affective tools employed by sensational fiction create an understanding between the reader and the villains that occupied most of sensation fiction. The second chapter, "The Fallen Heroine: Feeling Injustice" discusses a sensational villain that perhaps more easily encourages sympathy: Ellen Wood's Lady Isabel Vane turned Lady Carlyle in East Lynne. Chapter three, "The Villain: Feeling for the Enemy," questions the easily defined femme fatale category of sensation novels and argues that Lady Audley's actions in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret can be attributed to her role as someone that affects the wrong way. Readers cannot entirely sympathize with Lady Audley or Isabel Vane, but they can recognize themselves within the frustrations and extenuating circumstances that create an environment in which the character feels the only course of action is seduction or murder. The affective possibility of Lady Audley and Isabel Vane relies on the proximity of the reader to the character's situations. To navigate affect is to navigate affective orientation and proximity, and sensation fiction provides the opportunity for disorientation and inappropriate proximity.
Categories: English literature

Rediscovering Victorian Women Sensation Writers

Rediscovering Victorian Women Sensation Writers

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 ...

Author: Anne-Marie Beller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317754008

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 125

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction

The Female Servant and Sensation Fiction

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 ...

Author: E. Steere

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137365262

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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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.
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The Sensation Novel and the Victorian Family Magazine

The Sensation Novel and the Victorian Family Magazine

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 ...

Author: D. Wynne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230596726

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism