Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels

Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels

Laurence Talairach-Vielmas


Laurence Talairach-Vielmas explores Victorian representations of femininity in narratives that go away from mainstream realism, from fairy stories by way of George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, Juliana Horatia Ewing, and Jean Ingelow, to sensation novels via Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Rhoda Broughton, and Charles Dickens. female illustration, Talairach-Vielmas argues, is absolutely awarded in a hyper-realistic means in such anti-realistic genres as children's literature and sensation fiction. in reality, it's exactly the conflict among fable and truth that allows the narratives to interrogate the true and re-create a brand new form of realism that exposes the normative constraints imposed to comprise the feminine physique. In her exploration of the feminine physique and its representations, Talairach-Vielmas examines how Victorian fantasies and sensation novels deconstruct and reconstruct femininity; she focuses particularly at the hyperlinks among the feminine characters and consumerism, and indicates how those serve to light up the tensions underlying the illustration of the Victorian perfect.

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