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“Another Woman in Your Shape”: Sexual and Class Duplicity in Sensation Fiction

Helena Michie

in Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195073874
eISBN:
9780199855223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073874.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The chapter explores the concept of female “doubling” prevalent in sensation novels popular in the Victorian era. In these literary pieces, the predominant theme is female self-replication and ... More


In Lady Audley's Shadow: Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres

Saverio Tomaiuolo

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641154
eISBN:
9780748651665
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book is devoted to Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s complex relationship with the three main Victorian literary genres: the Gothic, the Detective and the Realist novel. Using Braddon’s bestselling ... More


Introduction: the Lady Audley Paradigm

Saverio Tomaiuolo

in In Lady Audley's Shadow: Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641154
eISBN:
9780748651665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This introductory chapter discusses the ‘sensational novel’, was one of the most complicated and vague literary phenomena from the mid-to-late nineteenth century, beginning with a brief account of ... More


‘So Like and Yet So Unlike’: Reality Effects, Sensational Letters and Pre-Raphaelite Portraits in Lady Audley’s Secret

Saverio Tomaiuolo

in In Lady Audley's Shadow: Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641154
eISBN:
9780748651665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the use of ‘realistic strategies’. Examples of these are the presence of letters and the pre-Raphaelite portrait in Lady Audley’s Secret, which is considered by a lot of modern ... More


Suspense and The Novel of Sensation

Susan Jones

in Conrad and Women

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184485
eISBN:
9780191674273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184485.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores Conrad's late works in relation to an earlier popular form of women's writing: the sensation novel of the 1860s and 1870s. By comparing Conrad's final, unfinished novel ... More


Mary Elizabeth Braddon's ‘Strong Measures’

Beth Palmer

in Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture: Sensational Strategies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199599110
eISBN:
9780191725371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599110.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The second chapter begins by showing how Braddon's early sensational styles re-worked previous successful writers like Dickens to argue that she saw style as performative from the very beginning of ... More


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