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In Lady Audley's Shadow
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In Lady Audley's Shadow: Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres

Saverio Tomaiuolo

Abstract

This book is devoted to Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s complex relationship with the three main Victorian literary genres: the Gothic, the Detective and the Realist novel. Using Braddon’s bestselling sensation fiction Lady Audley’s Secret as a paradigmatic novel and as a ‘haunting’ textual presence across her literary career, it provides a critical reading of a wide range of Braddon’s novels and short stories. Through an analysis of Braddon’s negotiations with Victorian narrative, ideological and cultural issues, this monograph offers readers a refreshing view of gender, female identity and subjecti ... More

Keywords: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Victorian literary genres, Lady Audley’s Secret, gender, female identity, insanity, evolutionism, Darwinism, novel-writing, fluid social context

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641154
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saverio Tomaiuolo, author