Beyond Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
This is the first book to address the entire career of this key Victorian author.
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, journal editor and bestselling author of more than eighty novels during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was a key figure in the Victorian literary scene. This volume brings together new essays from a variety of perspectives that illuminate both the richness of Braddon’s oeuvre and the variety of critical approaches to it.
Best known as the author of Lady Audley’s Secret and Aurora Floyd, Braddon also wrote penny dreadfuls, realist novels, plays, short stories, reviews, and articles. The contributors move beyond her two most famous works and reflect a range of current issues and approaches, including gender, genre, imperialism, colonial reception, commodity culture, and publishing history.
Contributors include Jennifer Carnell, Jeni Curtis, Pamela K. Gilbert, Lauren Goodlad, Aeron Haynie, Heidi Holder, Gail Turley Houston, Heidi H. Johnson, Toni Johnson-Woods, James R. Kincaid, Elizabeth Langland, Eve Lynch, Graham Law, Katherine Montweiler, Lillian Nayder, Lyn Pykett, and Tabitha Sparks, and Marlene Tromp.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
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About the Author
Marlene Tromp is Assistant Professor of English at Denison College.
Pamela K. Gilbert is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Florida, and the author of Disease, Desire and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels.
Aeron Haynie is Assistant Professor and Chair of the English Department at Western Montana College.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables
James R. Kincaid
Marlene Tromp, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Aeron Haynie
I. Lady Audley's Secret
1. Enclosure Acts: Framing Women's Bodies in Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret
2. Braddon's Commentaries on the Trials and Legal Secrets of Audley Court
Gail Turley Houston
3. Rebellious Sepoys and Bigamous Wives: The Indian Mutiny and Marriage Law Reform in Lady Audley's Secret
4. Marketing Sensation: Lady Audley's Secret and Consumer Culture
5. "An Idle Handle That Was Never Turned, and a Lazy Rope So Rotten": The Decay of the Country Estate in Lady Audley's Secret
II. Aurora Floyd
6. The Espaliered Girl: Pruning the Docile Body in Aurora Floyd
7. The Dangerous Woman: M. E. Braddon's Sensational (En)gendering of Domestic Law
III. Braddon in the Literary Marketplace
8. Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Australia: Queen of the Colonies
9. "Our Author": Braddon in the Provincial Weeklies
Jennifer Carnell and Graham Law
10. Misalliance: M. E. Braddon's Writing for the Stage
Heidi J. Holder
IV. Genre and Culture
11. Braddon and Victorian Realism: Joshua Haggard's Daughter
Pamela K. Gilbert
12. Fiction Becomes Her: Representations of Female Character in Mary Braddon's The Doctor's Wife
13. "Go and Marry Your Doctor" : Fetishism and "Redundance" at the Fin de Siècle and the Vampires of ''Good Lady Ducayne"
Lauren M. E. Goodlad
14. Spectral Politics: M. E. Braddon and the Spirits of Social Reform
Eve M. Lynch
15. Electra-fying the Female Sleuth: Detecting the Father in Eleanor's Victory and Thou Art the Man
Heidi H. Johnson