Leo Tolstoy published Childhood. InOscar Wilde was born 16 October. In George Eliot published her first novel Adam Bede.
Sensation fiction drew on a variety of popular forms including melodrama, domestic realism, newspaper reports, Newgate novels, and gothic tales.
The gripping plots of these novels involved scandalous events including murder, adultery, bigamy, fraud, madness, and sexual deviance often perpetrated by seemingly moral and upright individuals in familiar domestic settings.
The broad appeal of sensation fiction made it suspect as serious writing for nearly a century until its critical reevaluation beginning in the s. Sensation fiction has since moved beyond its scandalous origins to become an integral part of Victorian literary history.
General Overviews Renewed scholarly interest in sensation fiction since the s has resulted in a number of useful critical introductions to the genre. Hughes provides the most informative short introduction to the genre.
Several works document the critical reception of the major sensation novels since their initial publication. Maunder is a six-volume reference work that reprints many of the original contemporary reviews from periodicals otherwise difficult to locate. The Sensation Press is one of the few electronic resources devoted to sensation fiction.
Includes a section focused specifically on the sensation novel, although the broad appeal of this study often overlooks the complexity of Victorian reading practices.
Edited by Patrick Brantlinger and William B.
A review of recent critical trends from the past decade. Some Recent and Future Trends. The first volume of this six-volume series brings together extracts from influential contemporary articles on all aspects of the sensation debate by literary critics, moralists, psychologists, and the clergy.
Appropriate for both the general and specialist reader, this overview recounts how the sensation novel became an object deemed worthy of critical interest during the previous three decades.
Clear and concise, this guide assesses a wide array of critical responses to sensation fiction from the early reviews to the critical engagements of the 21st century.© The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Religion, Readership, and the Periodical Press: The Place of Poetry in Good Words CALEY EHNES Good Words,one of the most popular religious periodicals of the s, illuminates poetry’s role in the era’s devotional culture and periodical mar -.
Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 41, Issue. 02, p. this review of recent critical trends will try and figure out why the genre possesses such a powerful hold on our thinking and whether or not this hold is likely to continue.
Richard, eds. Victorian Sensations: Essays on a Scandalous Genre. Columbus: Ohio State UP, VICTORIAN STUDIES / VOLUME 59, NO. 1 edited collection Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture demonstrates the greatest range and depth in its approach to the Victorian period.
Earlier Neo-Victorian scholarship focused on trauma, specters, and hauntings, and.
The post-Romantic and Victorian eras. Self-consciousness was the quality that John Stuart Mill identified, in , as “the daemon of the men of genius of our time.” Introspection was inevitable in the literature of an immediately Post-Romantic period, and the age itself was as prone to self-analysis as were its individual authors.
Buy "Essays and Reviews" (with annotations, background and commentary by Victor Shea and William Whitla) from the University of Virginia Press: "Essays and Reviews: The Text and Its Reading": Edited by Victor Shea and William Whitla: ISBN "Essays and Reviews is a collection of seven articles that appeared in , sparking a Victorian culture war that lasted for at least a.
Buy "Essays and Reviews" (with annotations, background and commentary by Victor Shea and William Whitla) from the University of Virginia Press: "Essays and Reviews: The Text and Its Reading": Edited by Victor Shea and William Whitla: ISBN "Essays and Reviews is a collection of seven articles that appeared in , sparking a Victorian culture .