Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 March 2018

256 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781784995133

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Creating character

Theories of nature and nurture in Victorian sensation fiction

First Edition

Helena Ifill

Published by Manchester University Press

Interventions Rethinking the Nineteenth Century

  • Provides innovative readings of canonical and lesser-known sensation novels and a fresh perspective on key themes, thus contributing to the ongoing expansion of popular fiction studies
  • Offers a new perspective on sensation authors>' depictions of character and identity, revising the common critical reading of sensation fiction as primarily concerned with the destabilisation of identity
  • Includes the most thorough exploration within literary studies of the condition of monomania and its representation in fiction
  • Introduces readers to a wealth of contextual material, drawn from Victorian science, medicine, sociology and journalism, to show how authors of popular fiction employed, interrogated and challenged the most current thought of their era

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