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The Private Rod: Marital Violence, Sensation, And The Law In Victorian Britain
Sensation novels, a genre characterized by scandalous narratives and emotionally and socially provocative dialogue and plots, had their heyday in England in the 1860s and 1870s, in the midst of growing concern about codes of behavior in marriage. Largely excluded from the academic canon of the late twentieth century, sensation novels had an impact on Victorian culture that ...more
Published September 29th 2000 by University of Virginia Press
(first published September 22nd 2000)
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An interesting exploration of the nineteenth century sensation novel in the midst of growing concern about codes of behaviour and marriage. Tromp argues that sensation novels were better able to explore the issues eschewed by high literature, and positions those that she examines in relation to the shifting legal discourse of the time. Useful to anyone conducting a study (or interested in) portrayals of marital violence in fiction.
Dr. Marlene Tromp is John and Christine Warner Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.More about Marlene Tromp...