Beyond Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context by PH D Marlene Tromp, Pamela K Gilbert, Aeron Haynie

By PH D Marlene Tromp, Pamela K Gilbert, Aeron Haynie

Mary Elizabeth Braddon, magazine editor and bestselling writer of greater than 80 novels through the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, was once a key determine within the Victorian literary scene. This quantity brings jointly new essays from numerous views that light up either the richness of Braddon's oeuvre and the diversity of serious techniques to it. most sensible referred to as the writer of girl Audley's mystery and Aurora Floyd, Braddon additionally wrote penny dreadfuls, realist novels, performs, brief tales, stories, and articles. The participants movement past her most renowned works and replicate a number present matters and methods, together with gender, style, imperialism, colonial reception, commodity tradition, and publishing historical past.

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The peculiarity of it in England is, that it is oftenest made from the woman's sidethat it is women who describe these sensuous rapturesthat this intense appreciation of flesh and blood, this eagerness of physical sensation, is represented as the natural sentiment of English girls. (259) The physicality of the women described in sensation novels certainly was disturbing to many critics. But even more disturbing was the answering physical response in its readers. The sensation novel, as the Page xix name implies, was defined by its ability to cause a physical sensation in the readera thrill, a gasp, a creeping of flesh.

Her life during this period was marked by an intense, driven productivity that left little time for the typical leisure pursuits of an upper-class Victorian woman: "[I have] little inclination for spending money & positively no time to be extravagant, if I wished to be so. I go nowhere where I require fine dressI can't drink wine. I am not able to stir from London, or would spend my money in traveling; but am altogether bound hand and foot by hard work" (134). In 1868, after the birth of her fourth child and the death of her mother, Mary Braddon suffered a nervous breakdown.

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