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‘So Like and Yet So Unlike’: Reality Effects, Sensational Letters and Pre-Raphaelite Portraits in Lady Audley’s Secret

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/9780748641154.003.0008
‘So Like and Yet So Unlike’: Reality Effects, Sensational Letters and Pre-Raphaelite Portraits in Lady Audley’s Secret

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This chapter discusses the use of ‘realistic strategies’. Examples of these are the presence of letters and the pre-Raphaelite portrait in Lady Audley’s Secret, which is considered by a lot of modern critics to be an anti-realistic novel. The chapter studies the concept of ‘realism’, which often refers to a supposed identification between reality and its narrative, and also examines a realistic approach to narration and to figurative representation through constant allusion to classical, or at least academic, art. The alternation between economic necessities and artistic aspirations of Braddon shows her efforts to break free from the Lady Audley paradigm.

Keywords: realistic strategies; pre-Raphaelite portrait; anti-realistic novel; realism; Lady Audley paradigm; economic necessities; artistic aspirations; Lady Audley’s Secret

Chapter.  8731 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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