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
Pamela K. Gilbert is the Albert Brick Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Florida. She has published widely in the areas of Victorian literature, cultural studies and the history of medicine. Her books include Disease, Desire and the Body in Victorian Women s Popular Novels (1997), Mapping the Victorian Social Body (2004), and Cholera and Nation (2008).
Notes on Contributors ix Introduction 1 Pamela K. Gilbert Part I: Before Sensation, 1830 1860 11 1 "The Aristocracy and Upholstery": The Silver Fork Novel 13 Ellen Miller Casey 2 Newgate Novels 26 Edward Jacobs and Manuela Mourao 3 "Literature of the Kitchen": Cheap Serial Fiction of the 1840s and 1850s 38 Andrew King 4 Melodrama 54 Rohan McWilliam 5 Sensation Theater 67 Heidi J. Holder 6 Gothic 81 Patrick R. O'Malley 7 Realism and Sensation Fiction 94 Daniel Brown 8 Poetry and Sensation 107 Kirstie Blair Part II: Reading Individual Authors and Texts, 1860 1880 121 9 Mary Elizabeth Braddon 123 Lyn Pykett 10 Lady Audley's Secret: How Does She Do It? Sensation Fiction's Technologically Minded Villainesses 134 Louise Lee 11 "Going in a little for the subjective": Textual and Moral Performance in The Doctor's Wife 147 Richard Nemesvari 12 Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Aurora Floyd 160 Amy J. Robinson 13 Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Joshua Haggard's Daughter 172 Anne-Marie Beller 14 Wilkie Collins and Risk 184 Daniel Martin 15 The Woman in White and the New Sensation 196 Elizabeth Langland 16 Opium, Alcohol, and Tobacco: The Substances of Memory in The Moonstone 208 Susan Zieger 17 Ouida 220 Jane Jordan 18 Under Two Flags 232 Natalie Schroeder and Ronald A. Schroeder 19 Ellen (Mrs. Henry) Wood 244 Andrew Mangham 20 Mrs. Henry Wood, East Lynne 257 Marlene Tromp 21 Sheridan Le Fanu 269 Anna Maria Jones 22 Rhoda Broughton 281 Tamar Heller 23 Charles Reade 293 Tom Bragg 24 Ideologically Challenging: Florence Marryat and Sensation Fiction 306 Greta Depledge 25 Edmund Hodgson Yates 319 Andrew Radford 26 Sensational Variations on the Domestic Romance: Charlotte M. Brame and Mary Cecil Hay in the Family Herald 332 Graham Law 27 Amelia B. Edwards 349 Anne-Marie Beller 28 Dora Russell 361 Janice M. Allan 29 Short Fiction 374 Brittany Roberts Part III: Topics in Scholarship 387 30 Critical Responses to Sensation 389 Deborah Wynne 31 Gender and Sensation 401 Emily Allen 32 Queer Sensation 414 Ross G. Forman 33 Class and Race in Sensation Fiction 430 Patrick Brantlinger 34 The Empire and Sensation 442 Lillian Nayder 35 Sensation Fiction and Religion 455 Mark Knight 36 Sensation and Science 466 Susan David Bernstein 37 Medicine and Sensation 481 Meegan Kennedy 38 Disability in Victorian Sensation Fiction 493 Martha Stoddard Holmes and Mark Mossman 39 The Law and Sensation 507 Jane Jordan 40 Sensation and Detection 516 Heather Milton 41 "Come Buy, Come Buy": Sensation Fiction in the Context of Consumer and Commodity Culture 528 Kimberly Harrison 42 Sensation and Illustration 540 Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge 43 The Pre-Raphaelite Realism of the Sensation Novel 559 Sophia Andres Part IV: After Sensation: Legacies 577 44 The Legacy of Sensation Fiction: Bodily Power in the New Woman Novel 579 Molly Youngkin 45 Corelli's Religious Trilogy: Barabbas, The Sorrows of Satan, and The Master-Christian 591 R. Brandon Kershner 46 Realism after Sensation: Meredith, Hardy, Gissing 603 Tabitha Sparks 47 Aestheticism and Sensation 614 Talia Schaffer 48 Neo-Victorian and Pastiche 627 Grace Moore Index 639