Sensation Fiction: Guilty-Pleasure Novels of the Nineteenth Century

In this course we’ll read the bestselling sensation novel of the 19th century, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret. The sensation novel genre achieved enormous popularity during the 1860s in Great Britain, and it shares many important features with detective fiction.  We’ll consider this novel’s complex representations of Victorian masculinity and femininity, social class, morality, and sexuality.

About the Course

In this course we’ll read the bestselling sensation novel of the 19th century, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret. The sensation novel genre achieved enormous popularity during the 1860s in Great Britain, and... See more it shares many important features with detective fiction. As we’re carried along by the plot’s many twists and turns, we’ll consider this novel’s complex representations of Victorian masculinity and femininity, social class, morality, and sexuality. All in all, it is the assumption of this course that guilty-pleasure novels may reveal just as much about important cultural themes as their literary counterparts.

This course is discussion-based, not lecture-based, so please come prepared to share passages of interest, discussion questions, and observations.

NOTE: Book not provided for the class. Please purchase Lady Audley’s Secret (ISBN 978-0-19-957703-3) (Oxford)

 



Course At-A-Glance

Fee:  $70.00
  Fee Does Not Include Textbook(s)
  Handicap Parking Available After 5pm & On Weekends

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