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A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares

Robert Mighall

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199262182
eISBN:
9780191698835
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book is a full-length study of Victorian Gothic fiction. Combining original readings of familiar texts with historical sources, this book is a historicist survey of 19th-century Gothic ... More


The Woman in White, Great Expectations, and the Limits of Medicine

Helen Small

in Love's Madness: Medicine, the Novel, and Female Insanity, 1800-1865

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184911
eISBN:
9780191674396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184911.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

For Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, writing at a time when powerful sectors of the medical profession were increasingly insisting that knowledge of human life would be grounded in physiology ... More


Money and machines: Wilkie Collins’s ghosts

Andrew Smith

in The Ghost Story, 1840–1920: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074462
eISBN:
9781781700006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074462.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter studies images of spectrality that can be found in Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White, No Name, Armadale and The Haunted Hotel. It determines that Collins believed that money immorally ... More


Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Jane Wood

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In what was once described as ‘the century of nerves’, a fascination with the mysterious processes governing physical and psychological states was shared by medical and fiction writers alike. This ... More


The Making of Sensation Fiction

Philipp Erchinger

in Artful Experiments: Ways of Knowing in Victorian Literature and Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474438957
eISBN:
9781474453790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438957.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The argument of this chapter is that the writing of sensation fiction was itself part of the critical endeavour to make sense of the enormous excitement that it produced. There is, in other words, a ... More


“Dark, Like Me”: Archeology and Erfahrung in Wilkie Collins’s Armadale and The Moonstone

Lauren M. E. Goodlad

in The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198728276
eISBN:
9780191794490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728276.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

The form and tone of Wilkie Collins’s fiction are strikingly different from Trollope’s. Instead of naturalism, the perception of breached heirloom sovereignty gives rise to multi-perspectival ... More


Basil and No Name

Helena Ifill

in Creating character: Theories of nature and nurture in Victorian sensation fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781784995133
eISBN:
9781526136275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784995133.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Basil’s Robert Mannion, and No Name’s Magdalen Vanstone are both subject to monomaniacal impulses. In Basil, Collins draws on early-nineteenth-century theories of insanity and moral management, ... More


The Personal Advertisements: Advertisements, Agony Columns, and Sensation Novels of the 1860s

Matthew Rubery

in The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction After the Invention of the News

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195369267
eISBN:
9780199871148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369267.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter looks at the reading communities formed through the personal advertisements on the newspaper's front page. Its second column came to be known in the late 19th century as the “agony ... More


Paranoid Imagining: Wilkie Collins, the Rugeley Poisoner, and the Invisibility of Novelistic Ekphrasis

Irene Tucker

in The Moment of Racial Sight: A History

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226922935
eISBN:
9780226922959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922959.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Enlightenment has one enduring historical paradox. Though it strove to create a society wherein all human are by their very nature equal, it also was the era where skin color became viewed as a ... More


Love's Madness: Medicine, the Novel, and Female Insanity, 1800-1865

Helen Small

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184911
eISBN:
9780191674396
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184911.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book contributes to the interdisciplinary study of insanity. Focusing on the figure of the love-mad woman, the author presents a significant reassessment of the ways in which British medical ... More


The Shipping Intelligence: Shipwrecks and Secret Tears from Dickens to Stoker

Matthew Rubery

in The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction After the Invention of the News

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195369267
eISBN:
9780199871148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369267.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Nowhere is the borrowing from newspapers by novelists so clear as in the case of shipwrecks, the most frequently reported disaster in the Victorian press. This chapter shows that novelists used this ... More


Introduction

Joseph McAleer

in Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914–1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203292
eISBN:
9780191675843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203292.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This book is concerned with the reading public which Wilkie Collins and George Orwell tried to describe, during the period when Orwell wrote and which Collins would have recognised: from 1914 until ... More


Modern phantasmagorias and visual culture in Wilkie Collins’s Basil

Laurence Talairach-Vielmas

in Monstrous media/spectral subjects: Imaging gothic fictions from the nineteenth century to the present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780719089770
eISBN:
9781781708651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089770.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Collins's rewriting of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in Basil (1852), paying particular attention to the transformation of fears related to modern technology and visual culture. ... More


Liberal Imperialism and Wilkie Collins’s Antonina

Laura Eastlake

in Ancient Rome and Victorian Masculinity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780198833031
eISBN:
9780191871351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833031.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, British and Irish History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter outlines how the British empire from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries was transformed from a naval, commercialist enterprise, for which ancient Greece and the maritime ... More


Half a Gypsy: The Case of Ezra Jennings in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone (1868)

Nicholas Saul (ed.)

in The Role of the Romanies: Images and Counter-Images of ‘Gypsies’/Romanies in European Cultures

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236795
eISBN:
9781846313950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236795.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines an aspect of the phenomenology of the Gypsies in European cultural history through an analysis of the European side of the encounter, in a novel by nineteenth-century English ... More


Realism and the Aspiring Anatomist

Chris Baldick

in In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122494
eISBN:
9780191671432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122494.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Like Herman Melville, Wilkie Collins has whetted the appetite for medical villainy, only to dispel the experimenter's Gothic allure by reminding us of the real mundane fallibility of chemists and ... More


Conclusion

Joseph McAleer

in Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914–1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203292
eISBN:
9780191675843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203292.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

It is clear that Wilkie Collins and George Orwell were largely correct in their conclusions about the reading public and the popular publishing industry. They both claimed that reading among both ... More


‘The Most Dreadful Visitation’: Male Madness in Victorian Fiction

Valerie Pedlar

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238393
eISBN:
9781846314186
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314186
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Victorian literature is rife with scenes of madness, with mental disorder functioning as everything from a simple plot device to a commentary on the foundations of Victorian society. But while ... More


The Narrative Tease: Open Secrets in Sensation Fiction

Ruth Rosaler

in Conspicuous Silences: Implicature and Fictionality in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198769743
eISBN:
9780191822582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769743.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Three examines witty meta-narrative instances of sustained implicatures in sensation fiction. These implicatures encourage the reader not only to grasp unarticulated information but also to ... More


Creating character: Theories of nature and nurture in Victorian sensation fiction

Helena Ifill

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781784995133
eISBN:
9781526136275
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784995133.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book explores the range of ways in which the two leading sensation authors of the 1860s, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Wilkie Collins, engaged with nineteenth-century ideas about how the ... More


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