A Companion to Sensation Fiction by Pamela K. Gilbert

By Pamela K. Gilbert

This finished assortment deals a whole creation to at least one of the most well-liked literary varieties of the Victorian interval, its key authors and works, its significant topics, and its lasting legacy.

  • Places key authors and novels of their cultural and historic context
  • Includes reviews of significant issues similar to race, gender, melodrama, theatre, poetry, realism in fiction, and connections to different artwork forms
  • Contributions from best foreign students strategy an immense literary style from a number perspectives
  • Offers either a pre and post-history of the style to situate it within the better culture of Victorian publishing and literature
  • Incorporates insurance of conventional examine and state of the art modern scholarship

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It was assumed that the novels were romans-à-clef, a belief reinforced by the publication of “keys” to the more popular of them, such as Vivian Grey (1826), The Exclusives (1829), and Blessington’s The Repealers (1833). While some of the fashionable novelists such as Lady Charlotte Bury, the daughter of the Duke of Argyll, and Constantine Phipps, the first Marquess of Normanby, were actual aristocrats, many others were, at best, on the edge of aristocratic society. Marguerite, the Countess of Blessington, for example, began life as Margaret Power, the daughter of a newspaper publisher.

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After the scheme collapses, Vivian kills a political rival in a duel and escapes to Germany, where he drinks with Rhineland dukes and meets Beckendorf, prime minister of Reisenberg, whose success leads Vivian to reflect on his own failures. Collectively these early examples illustrate the typical plots of the silver fork novel. Intellectual and self-educated young men, searching for an appropriate way to distinguish themselves, settle on politics. Beautiful and wealthy young women, searching for appropriate husbands, are pressured by family and friends into inappropriate matches.

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