Sensation Fiction for the Summer-Two Tempestuous Tales by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Ref: C3533612

Mary Elizabeth Braddon is most well know for being one of the leading writers of sensation fiction in the 19th century. This course will look at two of her novels - Lady Audley's Secret (1862) is a tale which challenges assumptions about Victorian society and presents us with a fascinating transgressive female protagonist. Aurora Floyd (1863) tells the story of a heroine with a chequered past and a complicated present. Both are engaging and entertaining novels with helped the make the sensation novel a hugely popular literary phenomenon in the 1860s.

Course aim

This course will study two sensation novels by the author Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Lady Audley's Secret and Aurora Floyd.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand what is meant by sensation fiction.
  • understand the importance of these two novels within the genre of sensation fiction.
  • understand these two novels within the wider context of Victorian literature.
  • consider how these novels challenge some of the values and assumptions of 19th century English society.
  • participate in group discussion.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Students will need copies of both the novels for the classes. The novels will be studied in chronological order.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Sensation Fiction for the Summer-Two Tempestuous Tales by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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