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From Geology to Genealogy: Detectives and Counter-detectives in Lady Audley’s Secret and Henry Dunbar

Saverio Tomaiuolo

in In Lady Audley's Shadow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651665 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0005
From Geology to Genealogy: Detectives and Counter-detectives in Lady Audley’s Secret and Henry Dunbar

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This chapter narrates the birth of the detective and sensation novel, relates it to the spread of evolutionary issues before and after Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, and develops these premises with reference to Braddon’s Henry Dunbar and Lady Audley’s Secret. These two novels are considered as two examples of ‘retrograde’ counter-detections. The chapter also looks at the impact evolutionary thought had on the Victorian frame of mind.

Keywords: detective novel; sensation novel; evolutionary issues; Charles Darwin; retrograde counter-detections; evolutionary thought

Chapter.  8098 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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