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EN2209 / EN3209 Fictions of Sensation

Summer Reading List 2016-17

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All of the following are available in Penguin Classics and Oxford World’s Classics. Either edition is recommended, and has good notes and a scholarly Introduction, which is certainly worth reading. Broadview Press also publishes paperbacks of some of these titles. Their editions are a little more expensive, but are full of excellent contextual material and essays. I would highly recommend their edition of East Lynne.

  • Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White, 1859-60 
  • Mrs. Henry Wood, East Lynne, 1861
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret, 1862
  • Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone, 1868
  • Charles Dickens, Bleak House, 1852-3

You may like to add to your summer reading a very recent biography of Wilkie Collins, Andrew Lycett’s Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation (Hutchinson, 2013). This gives a good background to the period, and to the prolific author most associated with the sensation novel.

If you want to make a start on criticism and theory for this course later in the summer, please see the lists of suggested reading and the bibliography for this course in the Course Booklet, which will be available on Moodle by, if not before, the end of July. 


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