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The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction

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Andrew Mangham, Anne-Marie Beller, Laurence Talairach-Vielmas, Mary Elizabeth Leighton, Lisa Surridge, Andrew Maunder, Richard Nemesvari, Janice M. Allan, Mariaconcetta Constantini, Saverio Tomaiuolo, Tara MacDonald, Tatiana Kontou, Lillian Nayder, Graham Law, Pamela K. Gilbert, Greta Depledge, Lyn Pykett
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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521157094

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  • In 1859 the popular novelist Wilkie Collins wrote of a ghostly woman, dressed from head to toe in white garments, laying her cold, thin hand on the shoulder of a young man as he walked home late one evening. His novel The Woman in White became hugely successful and popularised a style of writing that came to be known as sensation fiction. This Companion highlights the energy, the impact and the inventiveness of the novels that were written in 'sensational' style, including the work of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs Henry Wood and Florence Marryat. It contains fifteen specially-commissioned essays and includes a chronology and a guide to further reading. Accessible yet rigorous, this Companion questions what influenced the shape and texture of the sensation novel, and what its repercussions were both in the nineteenth century and up to the present day.

    • Offers a rich contextual basis for studying the sensation novel
    • Locates the foundations of the genre and its legacy to the literary styles that came later
    • Provides contributions from leading scholars in the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… a highly refreshing study of the sensation fiction genre … [a] well-researched and highly recommended introduction to sensation fiction."
    The Gothic Imagination

    "… [the] contributions are rigorously researched, thoughtful and beautifully written."
    J. Greg Matthews, Reference Reviews

    'Accessible yet rigorous, this Companion features thought-provoking and well documented essays by sixteen scholars who have written extensively about Sensation from a variety of critical and literary perspectives, demonstrating what influenced the shape and texture of the sensation novel, and establishing its repercussions textually as well as in stage and media adaptations.' Philip V. Allingham, Notes and Queries

    'Quite effectively, the essays Mangham has commissioned represent the range and variety of approaches that sensation inspires, very few of which place authors and their works at the center. This Companion surely creates for students (and their teachers) the opportunity to understand sensation as a wide-ranging and ongoing phenomenon, in which the representation of 'the mysteries which are at our own doors,' in James's famous phrase, could make strange even the most banal facets of everyday life …' Mary Jean Corbett, Victorian Studies

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    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521157094
    • length: 253 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Andrew Mangham
    1. Sensation in the 1850s Anne-Marie Beller
    2. Sensation fiction and the gothic Laurence Talairach-Vielmas
    3. Illustrating the sensation novel Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge
    4. Sensation fiction on stage Andrew Maunder
    5. Queering the sensation novel Richard Nemesvari
    6. The contemporary response to sensation fiction Janice M. Allan
    7. Sensation, class and the rising professionals Mariaconcetta Constantini
    8. Sensation fiction, empire and the Indian Mutiny Saverio Tomaiuolo
    9. Sensation fiction, gender and identity Tara MacDonald
    10. Sensation fiction, spiritualism and the supernatural Tatiana Kontou
    11. Science and sensation Lillian Nayder
    12. Sensation fiction and the publishing industry Graham Law
    13. Sensation fiction and the medical context Pamela K. Gilbert
    14. Sensation fiction and the New Woman Greta Depledge
    15. The sensation legacy Lyn Pykett.

  • Editor

    Andrew Mangham, University of Reading
    Dr Andrew Mangham is Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Reading. He is the author of Violent Women and Sensation Fiction: Crime, Medicine and Victorian Popular Culture (2007).

    Contributors

    Andrew Mangham, Anne-Marie Beller, Laurence Talairach-Vielmas, Mary Elizabeth Leighton, Lisa Surridge, Andrew Maunder, Richard Nemesvari, Janice M. Allan, Mariaconcetta Constantini, Saverio Tomaiuolo, Tara MacDonald, Tatiana Kontou, Lillian Nayder, Graham Law, Pamela K. Gilbert, Greta Depledge, Lyn Pykett

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