Maia McAleavey's The Bigamy Plot: Sensation and Convention in the Victorian PDF

By Maia McAleavey

The courtship plot dominates debts of the Victorian novel, yet this leading edge examine turns in its place to a story phenomenon that upends its regular conventions: the bigamy plot. In enormous quantities of novels, performs, and poems released in Victorian nice Britain, husbands or better halves proposal useless all of sudden reappear to their newly remarried spouses. within the sensation fiction of Braddon and Collins, those bigamous revelations result in bribery, arson, and homicide, however the similar plot operates within the canonical fiction of Charlotte Brontë, Dickens, Eliot, Thackeray, and Hardy. those authors hire bigamy plots to destabilize the it sounds as if traditional shape and values of the Victorian novel. by means of shut exam of this plot, together with an index of approximately three hundred bigamy novels, Maia McAleavey makes the case for a historic method of narrative, one who is grounded within the felony and social alterations of the interval yet that runs counter to our personal formal and cultural expectations.

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