From Wollstonecraft to Stoker: Essays on Gothic and Victorian Sensation Fiction

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This collection of 13 essays examines the work of Victorian authors Wilkie Collins, M.E. Braddon, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Mary Wollstonecraft, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James and Charlotte Bronte. Each essay explores their use of archetypal Gothic elements, such as dark secrets and forbidden sensations, to depict nineteenth-century attitudes to class, gender, race, colonialism and imperialism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786440214
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor Marilyn Brock is an adjunct English professor. She has published short fiction in Miranda Literary Magazine, Planet Magazine and other literary journals. She lives in Huntington Beach, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 The Instability of Identity: Character, Class, and Gender

Desire and Fear: Feminine Abjection in the Gothic Fiction of Mary Wollstonecraft Marilyn Brock Brock, Marilyn 17

"The Maiden Felt Hot Pain": Agency and Passivity in the Work of Letitia Elizabeth Landon Richard Fantina Fantina, Richard 30

"Portrait of a governess, disconnected, poor, and plain": Staging the Spectral Self in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre Laurence Talairach-Vielmas Talairach-Vielmas, Laurence 49

A Shock to the System, a System to the Shocks: The Horrors of the "Happy Ending" in The Woman in White Judith Sanders Sanders, Judith 62

Hysterical Sensations: Bodies in Action in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White Elizabeth Anderman Anderman, Elizabeth 79

Pt. 2 The Colonial Context of Gothic and Sensation Fiction

Sensations Down Under: Australia's Seismic Charge in Great Expectations and Lady Audley's Secret Julie M. Barst Barst, Julie M. 91

Reading Between the (Blood)lines of Victorian Vampires: Mary Elizabeth Braddon's "Good Lady Ducayne" Saverio Tomaiuolo Tomaiuolo, Saverio 102

The Vamp and the Good English Mother: Female Roles in Le Fanu's Carmilla and Stoker's Dracula Marilyn Brock Brock, Marilyn 120

Liminality and Power in Bram Stoker's Jewel of Seven Stars Kate Holterhoff Holterhoff, Kate 132

Pt. 3 Fallen Woman, Fallen Man in the Victorian Novel

Ruth: An Analysis of the Victorian Signifieds Maria Granic-White Granic-White, Maria 147

Violence as Patrimony in Le Fanu's Uncle Silas Stephanie King King, Stephanie 164

In the Company of Men: Masculinity Gone Wild in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and MrHyde Jennifer Beauvais Beauvais, Jennifer 172

Ghostly Absence and Sexual Presence in James's "Owen Wingrave" and "The Jolly Corner" Nicholas Harris Harris, Nicholas 193

About the Contributors 207

Index 211

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