Title: Transimperial Negotiations and Cultural Anxieties from the Sensation Novel to the Adventure Story
Author(s): Dr Robert McParland, Professor of English, Felician University, Rutherford, New Jersey, USA

Publication Information
Journal Title: Palimpsest - East Delta University Journal of English Studies
Volume No: 02, Issue No: 01, Year: 2020, Pages: 01-09
Publisher: Department of English, East Delta University, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Type of Publication: Research Article
Received: 18 August 2020, Accepted: 03 January 2021, Published: 07 December 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.46603/pedujes.v2i1.1
The sensation novels of the 1860s expressed the anxieties of the age, challenged realism, and sought to revive wonder. Within the transformations of modernity, these novels were read and exchanged across the British Empire. Sensation fiction mixed romance and realism and its sensational elements reflected modern tensions and concerns. Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret probed the sources of violence, the cultural measures of sanity, and underscored the transgressions of an oppressed female figure in her search for freedom. Wilkie Collins’s Woman in White likewise challenged cultural certainties, as he observed the expanding popular reading audience. The rise of the adventure story within the imperial designs of colonization expressed a sense of mystery and an encounter with otherness that is interrogated here.
sensation novel, Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, mystery, anxiety, India 
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