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Reading Sensation/Writing Realism: Photographic Strategies in The Doctor’s Wife

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/9780748641154.003.0009
Reading Sensation/Writing Realism: Photographic Strategies in The Doctor’s Wife

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This chapter takes a look at The Doctor’s Wife. This novel presents a chance to discuss the roles of reader (embodied in the character of Isabel Sleaford) and writer (found in the figure of sensation novelist Sigismund Smith) within the mid-Victorian literary market. The chapter studies the ‘photographic’ Braddon used in this novel, and shows that The Doctor’s Wife becomes a complicated reflection on Victorian novel writing and reading, as well as on the relationship between reality and imagination.

Keywords: Doctor’s Wife; literary market; photographic approach; Victorian novel; writing; reading; reality; imagination

Chapter.  8691 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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