Once a controversial genre of Victorian fiction that produced the major best sellers of its century, the now-forgotten sensation novel was a publishing phenomenon in its time. In a vivid portrait of this subversive and discomfiting popular literature, Winifred Hughes identifies its ingredients, its practitioners, and its implications, and reveals its significance both for the mid-Victorian consciousness and for the writers and readers of today.
Originally published in 1981.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. vii
- Preface, pg. ix
- 1. The Sensation Paradox, pg. 1
- 2. The Sensation Novel and Victorian Theories of Fiction, pg. 38
- 3. Charles Reade and the Breakdown of Melodrama, pg. 73
- 4. The Wickedness of Woman: M. E. Braddon and Mrs. Henry Wood, pg. 106
- 5. Wilkie Collins: The Triumph of the Detective, pg. 137
- 6. Influences of the Sensation Novel, pg. 166
- Notes, pg. 193
- Index, pg. 207