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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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Reading Sensation/Writing Realism: Photographic Strategies in The Doctor’s Wife

Reading Sensation/Writing Realism: Photographic Strategies in The Doctor’s Wife

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(p.156) Chapter 8 Reading Sensation/Writing Realism: Photographic Strategies in The Doctor’s Wife
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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/9780748641154.003.0009

This chapter takes a look at The Doctor’s Wife. This novel presents a chance to discuss the roles of reader (embodied in the character of Isabel Sleaford) and writer (found in the figure of sensation novelist Sigismund Smith) within the mid-Victorian literary market. The chapter studies the ‘photographic’ Braddon used in this novel, and shows that The Doctor’s Wife becomes a complicated reflection on Victorian novel writing and reading, as well as on the relationship between reality and imagination.

Keywords:   Doctor’s Wife, literary market, photographic approach, Victorian novel, writing, reading, reality, imagination

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