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EN2209 / EN3209 Fictions of Sensation

Summer Reading List 2017-18

Course Tutor: Sophie Gilmartin

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


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. There is a wealth of recent criticism to search in JStor and the MLA bibliography, available online through Library Resources. An older, but seminal, book on the sensation novel is Jenny Bourne Taylor’s In the Secret Theatre of the Home: Wilkie Collins, Sensation Narrative and Nineteenth-Century Psychology (1988).  Enjoy the summer reading!


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