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A 'base and spurious thing': Reading and deceptive femininity in Ellen Wood's <I>Parkwater</I> (1857)

Allan, JM 2011, 'A 'base and spurious thing': Reading and deceptive femininity in Ellen Wood's <I>Parkwater</I> (1857)' , Critical Survey, 23 (1) , pp. 8-24.

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Concentrating on Ellen Wood’s Parkwater, a little-known New Monthly Magazine serial, this article attempts to complicate the long-standing construction of Wood as a ‘quiet sensationalist’. It argues that Wood’s serial was self-consciously appealing to the New Monthly’s male readers and thus incorporated scenes and details of a surprisingly graphic nature. At the same time, the article situates the narrative within the context of a new commodity culture, as well as the 1857 murder trial of Madeleine Smith, suggesting that Wood’s exploration of deceptive femininity resonates with current events in a particularly insistent manner.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Survey
Publisher: Berghahn
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00111570
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2012 10:46
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:20

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