Since the establishment of sensation fiction in the 1860s, key trends have emerged in critical readings of these texts. From Victorian responses emphasising the 'lowbrow' or potentially dangerous qualities of the genre to the prolific critical attention of the present day, this Reader's Guide identifies the dominant approaches to sensation fiction and charts the critical trends of various scholarly evaluations and interpretations.
With coverage spanning empire, class, sexuality and adaptation, this is the ideal companion for students of Victorian Literature looking for an introduction to the key debates surrounding sensation fiction.
Jessica Cox is Lecturer in English Literature at Brunel University, UK.
Introduction.- Victorian Responses.- Genre and Form.- Class Debates.- Feminist Criticism.- Sensational Bodies.- Sexuality.- Legal Issues.- Science.- Race, Empire, Nationhood.- Adapting Sensation Fiction.- Conclusion.