ENG 632 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Industrial Revolution, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins

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- Expansion of the middle class caused by the industrial revolution negatively impacted the
landed gentry
Wilkie Collins (1824-)
- Playwright, storyteller
- Father, painter william collins, populace pieces
oThe cherry seller (1833)
oSerendipity; landscape term, when you’re walking and make a turn and something is
there, moment of beautiful surprise
oFrost scene (1827)
oSublime, sky takes up majority of the painting
oHappy as a king (1824)
oEscapist
- Wilkie, collaborator and friend of dickens; wrote a play called “the frozen deep” (1856) together
oRomaticization of the northern waterways, adventuring in the north
oSensation drama
- Best known works were sensation novels
- Sensation fiction: a genre of literature characterized by; complex melodramatic plots, fusion of
romance and realism, and attention to the details of law, policing, and forensic sciences
- Melodrama: arising from the musical adaptations of gothic novels during the 19th century, the
term now refers to ay text depicting an emotionally exaggerated conflict of purity and villainy in
a suspenseful context
oDistrust of police
oUrban drama
- A Terribly Strange Bed
- Elements of sensation fiction:
oCharacter shift from good to bad
oForensic science, the bed
oMelodrama
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