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The Resource Dead secrets : Wilkie Collins and the female gothic, Tamar Heller

Dead secrets : Wilkie Collins and the female gothic, Tamar Heller

Label
Dead secrets : Wilkie Collins and the female gothic
Title
Dead secrets
Title remainder
Wilkie Collins and the female gothic
Statement of responsibility
Tamar Heller
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Readers have long been enthralled by the novels of Wilkie Collins, whose The Moonstone is considered the first modern detective novel. This book by Tamar Heller--the most comprehensive study of Collins' work ever written--places Collins within Victorian literary history, showing how his fiction transforms the conventions of the traditionally female genre of the Gothic novel and can be read as a critique of the gender and class distinctions that structured Victorian society. Heller offers an insightful account of the ways in which Collins' work in the female Gothic tradition influenced his characteristic themes and imagery. She also explores how this association with the genres of the Gothic and with controversial "sensation fiction" linked Collins with women writers and literary and social marginality during an era when novel writing was increasingly a male-defined and male-dominated profession. Heller argues that Collins' fictions reflect his own contradictory status as a Victorian writer; his novels focus on the relation of the writer to the literary marketplace and also on the intricate and ambivalent dialectic of masculine literary authority and feminine marginality. This study of Collins makes an original contribution to feminist literary criticism by demonstrating its value for the reexamination of an important male writer. In addition, by exploring the complexity of the relationship of a male writer to a feminine literary tradition, the book breaks new ground in the study of literary influence and in critical discussions of the literary canon
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
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Heller, Tamar
Dewey number
823/.8
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4497
LC item number
.H4 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Collins, Wilkie
  • Psychological fiction, English
  • Women and literature
  • Horror tales, English
  • Gothic revival (Literature)
  • Sensationalism in literature
Label
Dead secrets : Wilkie Collins and the female gothic, Tamar Heller
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-195) and index
Contents
Introduction: Dead Secrets -- 1. Reigns of Terror: The Politics of the Female Gothic -- 2. Becoming an Author in 1848: History and the Gothic in the Early Works of Wilkie Collins -- 3. Basil: Femininity, Ressentiment, and the Male Artist -- 4. Writing after Dark: Collins and Victorian Literary Culture -- 5. The Woman in White: Portrait of the Artist as a Professional Man -- 6. Blank Spaces: Ideological Tensions and the Detective Work of The Moonstone -- Epilogue: The Haunted Narrative
Control code
ocm24142692
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 201 p.
Isbn
9780300045741
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91027533
Other physical details
ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)24142692
Label
Dead secrets : Wilkie Collins and the female gothic, Tamar Heller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-195) and index
Contents
Introduction: Dead Secrets -- 1. Reigns of Terror: The Politics of the Female Gothic -- 2. Becoming an Author in 1848: History and the Gothic in the Early Works of Wilkie Collins -- 3. Basil: Femininity, Ressentiment, and the Male Artist -- 4. Writing after Dark: Collins and Victorian Literary Culture -- 5. The Woman in White: Portrait of the Artist as a Professional Man -- 6. Blank Spaces: Ideological Tensions and the Detective Work of The Moonstone -- Epilogue: The Haunted Narrative
Control code
ocm24142692
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 201 p.
Isbn
9780300045741
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91027533
Other physical details
ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)24142692

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