The Bigamy Plot: Sensation and Convention in the Victorian Novel

The Bigamy Plot: Sensation and Convention in the Victorian Novel

by Maia McAleavey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107501348
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series , #100
Pages: 259
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

Maia McAleavey is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Boston College. She has published articles on Victorian literature in Representations, Victorian Studies, the Dickens Studies Annual and Victorian Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. A Wife and Not a Wife: 1. The plot in time: historical bigamy and Sylvia's Lovers; 2. The plot in space: skeletons in the closet in Jane Eyre and East Lynne; Part II. Dead Yet Not Dead: 3. David Copperfield's angelic bigamy; 4. Dorothea's simultaneous remarriage; Part III. Sensational and Canonical: 5. Colonial return: Pendennis and Lady Audley's Secret; 6. The improper end: Aurora Floyd and Jude the Obscure; Coda: the end of bigamy; Appendix: list of Victorian bigamy novels; Bibliography.

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