The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction

by Andrew Mangham
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"… 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107501621
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/17/2013
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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).

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