Clinical Gothic: Sensationalising Substance Abuse in the Victorian Home
Controversies about the mid-Victorian sensation novel newly brought to the fore clinical conceptualisations of novel reading as an addiction. Yet as novelists capitalised on the sensational potential of substance abuse at home as part of the genre's rupture of ideologies of domesticity, they juxtaposed the consumption of sensational material with other emotional and physical dependencies, while reading could be a panacea or cure. M. E. Braddon's John Marchmont's Legacy (1863) and Wilkie Collins's Th e Law and the Lady (1875) form particularly revealing examples of self-reflexive sensation novels that capitalise on a clinical Gothicof addiction by appropriating discourses that had, ironically, attacked the sensation genre most virulently.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Publication date: 01 November 2009
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