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.
|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|
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|Date Deposited:||17 Jan 2012 10:46|
|Last Modified:||20 Aug 2013 18:20|
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