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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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‘So Like and Yet So Unlike’: Reality Effects, Sensational Letters and Pre-Raphaelite Portraits in Lady Audley’s Secret

‘So Like and Yet So Unlike’: Reality Effects, Sensational Letters and Pre-Raphaelite Portraits in Lady Audley’s Secret

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(p.137) Chapter 7 ‘So Like and Yet So Unlike’: Reality Effects, Sensational Letters and Pre-Raphaelite Portraits in Lady Audley’s Secret
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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/9780748641154.003.0008

This chapter discusses the use of ‘realistic strategies’. Examples of these are the presence of letters and the pre-Raphaelite portrait in Lady Audley’s Secret, which is considered by a lot of modern critics to be an anti-realistic novel. The chapter studies the concept of ‘realism’, which often refers to a supposed identification between reality and its narrative, and also examines a realistic approach to narration and to figurative representation through constant allusion to classical, or at least academic, art. The alternation between economic necessities and artistic aspirations of Braddon shows her efforts to break free from the Lady Audley paradigm.

Keywords:   realistic strategies, pre-Raphaelite portrait, anti-realistic novel, realism, Lady Audley paradigm, economic necessities, artistic aspirations, Lady Audley’s Secret

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