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In Lady Audley's ShadowMary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres$
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Saverio Tomaiuolo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641154

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.001.0001

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Displacing the Gothic in Lady Audley’s Secret

Displacing the Gothic in Lady Audley’s Secret

(p.23) Chapter 1 Displacing the Gothic in Lady Audley’s Secret
In Lady Audley's Shadow

Saverio Tomaiuolo

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s updating of the Gothic mode in Lady Audley’s Secret, which includes replacing mediaeval castles with modern – clinical and domestic – settings as the new embodiment of patriarchal power. It then looks at the changes Braddon made to the traditional settings of Gothic fictions, such as ruined tombs and graveyards. The chapter also examines an interpretation of Lady Audley as Braddon’s textual farewell to the Gothic genre in its traditional form and as an introduction to the new mutating forms of the Victorian Gothic.

Keywords:   Gothic mode, patriarchal power, traditional settings, Gothic fictions, Victorian Gothic, mutating forms

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