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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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From Geology to Genealogy: Detectives and Counter-detectives in Lady Audley’s Secret and Henry Dunbar

From Geology to Genealogy: Detectives and Counter-detectives in Lady Audley’s Secret and Henry Dunbar

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(p.79) Chapter 4 From Geology to Genealogy: Detectives and Counter-detectives in Lady Audley’s Secret and Henry Dunbar
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In Lady Audley's Shadow
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Saverio Tomaiuolo

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0005

This chapter narrates the birth of the detective and sensation novel, relates it to the spread of evolutionary issues before and after Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, and develops these premises with reference to Braddon’s Henry Dunbar and Lady Audley’s Secret. These two novels are considered as two examples of ‘retrograde’ counter-detections. The chapter also looks at the impact evolutionary thought had on the Victorian frame of mind.

Keywords:   detective novel, sensation novel, evolutionary issues, Charles Darwin, retrograde counter-detections, evolutionary thought

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