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Author: Robin Barrow

Title: Braddon's Haunting Memories

Subtitle: Rape, Class and the Victorian Popular Press

Journal: Women's Writing

Volume: 13

Issue: 3

Year: October 2006 (Published online: February 18, 2007)

Pages: 348-368

ISSN: 0969-9082 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1747-5848 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / Mary Elizabeth Braddon



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Author: Robin Barrow, Department of English, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Abstracts:

»This article draws out the class-based functions of genre by contrasting "penny bloods" with the Victorian middle-class sensation novel. In the penny fiction, the threat of rape is pervasive and yet obscured by the genre's surfeit of spectacle, which absorbs the rape threats into the novel's broader scope. The heroine threatened with rape in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's The Black Band (1862) exhibits little psychological response to her two abductions, and the events seem to be quickly forgotten once the moment is past. The memory of trauma, however, is transposed onto other elements of the plot. The penny blood's play between generic codes functions as a sleight of hand to de-emphasize the reality of sexual violence.« (Source: Women's Writing)

»An investigation into the class-based functions of genre through a comparison of “penny bloods” and middle-class Victorian sensation novels. The threat of rape is pervasive in penny fiction but obscured by the genre's surfeit of spectacle, which absorbs rape threats into the novels' wider scope. The heroine threatened with rape in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's 1862 novel The Black Band, for example, displays little psychological response to her two abductions and appears to quickly forget the events. The memory of trauma, however, is transposed onto other aspects of the plot. The penny blood's volley between generic codes serves to divert the reality of sexual violence.« (Source: EBSCOhost)

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