Steinlight, Emily
Why Novels are Redundant: Sensation Fiction and the Overpopulation of Literature
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  • ELH, 2012, Vol.79(2), pp.501-535
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"8 Notorious for exposing bigamy, adultery, and false identities in the midst of seemingly ordinary and often genteel milieux, the novels of Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ouida, Ellen Wood, and Rhoda Broughton shifted emphasis from the perils of the marriage market to the sanctuary of the household-revealing marriage itself to be equally crowded and unstable. [...]the moment of the obscenity scandals deliberately provoked by a modernist avant-garde, there is nothing quite like the critical outcry against sensation fiction. Calculated to "preach . . . to the nerves instead of the judgment," as H. L. Mansel famously put it, these lurid narratives of deviance seemed liable to provide a dangerous stimulus to a rapidly expanding readership.10 Critics feared this new mass audience would respond somatically rather than emotionally or intellectually to the texts put before them, and might even mimic the criminal deviance of Braddon's antiheroine, who fakes her own death, assumes a new...
ISSN: 0013-8304
ISSN: 1080-6547
DOI: 10.1353/elh.2012.0018
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