Introduction: The Victorian Sensation Novel—Afterlives and Legacies

  • Jessica CoxEmail author


The introductory chapter to this study begins the process of unpicking the relationship between sensation fiction and the emergent discipline of neo-Victorian studies and attempts to refine the idea of what exactly constitutes a neo-sensation text. It seeks to illustrate the diversity of the genre’s legacy via an exploration of the cultural afterlives of one of its key texts: Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White (1860)—the sensation narrative which serves most frequently as an intertext for subsequent works and which, via its central tropes of haunting, doubling, and detection, provides a series of metaphors for the wider neo-Victorian project.


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  1. 1.Department of Arts and HumanitiesBrunel UniversityLondonUK

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