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Bringing together sensation writing and transatlantic studies, this collection makes a convincing case for the symbiotic relationship between literary works on both sides of the Atlantic. Transatlantic Sensations begins with the 'prehistories' of the genre, looking at the dialogue and debate generated by the publication of sentimental and gothic fiction by William Godwin, Susanna Rowson, and Charles Brockden Brown.Thus establishing a context for the treatment of works by Louisa May Alcott, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Dion Boucicault, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, George Lippard, Charles Reade, Harriet Beecher Stowe and George Thompson, the volumetakes up a wide range of sensational topics including sexuality, slavery, criminal punishment, literary piracy, mesmerism, and the metaphors of foreign literary invasion and diseased reading. Concluding essays offer a reassessment of the realist and domestic fiction of George Eliot, Charlotte Yonge, and Thomas Hardy in the context of transatlantic sensationalism, emphasizing the evolution of the genre throughout the century and mapping a new transatlantic lineage for this immensely popular literary form. The book's final essay examines an international kidnapping case that was a journalistic sensation at the turn of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409427155
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/28/2012
Series: Ashgate Series in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Phegley is Professor of English, John Cyril Barton is Assistant Professor of English, and Kristin N. Huston is a doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface, David S. Reynolds; Introduction: 'an age of sensation...across the Atlantic', John Cyril Barton and Jennifer Phegley; Irresponsible acts: the transatlantic dialogues of William Godwin and Charles Brockden Brown, Christopher Apap; Daughters of the American Revolution: sensational pedagogy in Susanna Rowson's Charlotte Temple, Holly Blackford; 'Raw pork steaks with treacle': 19th-century American sensationalism and Oliver Twist, David Bordelon; Radical sensationalism: George Lippard in his transatlantic contexts, David S. Reynolds; The scourge of 'foreign vagabonds': George Thompson and the influence of European sensationalism in popular antebellum literature, Alexander Moudrov; Charles Reade: the British Harriet Beecher Stowe and the affect of sensation, Dorice Williams Elliott; Women in white: the tragic mulatta and the rise of British sensation fiction, Kimberley Snyder Manganelli; Slavery, sensation, and transatlantic publishing rights in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's The Octoroon, Jennifer Phegley; Business sense and sensation: the transatlantic trade in domestic drama, Kate Mattacks; Transatlantic magnetism: Eliot's The Lifted Veil and Alcott's sensation stories, Susan David Bernstein; Botanical brews: tea, consumption and the exotic in Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret and Alcott's Behind a Mask, Narin Hassan; Transatlantic sensationalism in Victorian domestic fiction: failed settler narratives in Charlotte Yonge's The Trial, Tamara S. Wagner; The Return of the Native as transatlantic sensation, or Hardy sensationalized, Julia McCord Chavez; Violent passions: Anglo-American sensationalization of the Balkans, Ana Savic Moturu; Index.

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