Ellen Wood, Religious Feeling, and Sensation

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

Ellen Wood, Religious Feeling, and Sensation

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Chapter 3 shows how Ellen Wood negotiated her way through the two seemingly conflicting discourses of sensationalism and pious Christianity. Like Braddon, Wood came under fire as a sensationalist but her critics also felt that she was opportunistically performing a Christian rhetoric. From the very beginning of her career the religious aspects of her work gave feeling a moral purpose that is borrowed from evangelical writing. It is Wood's author-editorship of Argosy, though, that demonstrates best how she refused to cow-tow to critics but used religious rhetoric and ideologies in complex ways, particularly when set in sensational stories. This chapter attempts to re-formulate some of the ways in which we examine religious writing in ‘popular’ sensation texts.

Keywords: Evangelicalism; sensation; Ellen Wood; East Lynne; Argosy; Christianity

Chapter.  15105 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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