Mary Elizabeth Braddon's ‘Strong Measures’

Beth Palmer

in Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599110
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725371 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Mary Elizabeth Braddon's ‘Strong Measures’

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The second chapter begins by showing how Braddon's early sensational styles re-worked previous successful writers like Dickens to argue that she saw style as performative from the very beginning of her career. The chapter then examines Braddon's work from Lady Audley's Secret to her editorship of Belgravia to show how her self-reflexive strategies as a writer carried through into the way she marketed herself as a celebrity sensationalist. It was her author-editorship that allowed Braddon most control over the performative display of her celebrity persona and of the genre for which she was famous. The chapter examines Belgravia's non-fiction articles, its poetry, its illustrations, and Braddon's serialized sensation novels to demonstrate the complexity of the inter-generic network over which Braddon exercised control.

Keywords: Mary Elizabeth Braddon; Belgravia magazine; Lady Audley's Secret; sensation; poetry; illustration; celebrity; performative

Chapter.  14294 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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