Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Helena Michie

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195073874

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073874.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 06 December 2019

“Another Woman in Your Shape”: Sexual and Class Duplicity in Sensation Fiction

“Another Woman in Your Shape”: Sexual and Class Duplicity in Sensation Fiction

Chapter:
(p.58) Chapter 2 “Another Woman in Your Shape”: Sexual and Class Duplicity in Sensation Fiction
Source:
Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture
Author(s):

Helena Michie

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073874.003.0003

The chapter explores the concept of female “doubling” prevalent in sensation novels popular in the Victorian era. In these literary pieces, the predominant theme is female self-replication and transcendence of class boundaries through the institution of marriage. Conflict is manifested through subplots of adultery, female duplicity, and male oppression. These elements “empower” or force the heroine to constantly reinvent herself into different forms throughout the novel. These novels, when stripped of the veil of sensationalism, have at their base, anxieties of Victorian women regarding female duplicity and the loss or transformation of identity in marriage. Three sensation novels, Lady Audley's Secret, East Lynne, and Tess of the D' Urbervilles, are examined for their treatment of a female's power to change her identity, to manage the “otherness” within a one's self—the occurrence of which transforms the social institutions that restrict female difference—marriage and class—into another kind of fiction.

Keywords:   Victorian, sensation novels, Lady Audley's Secret, East Lynne, Tess of the D' Urbervilles, female duplicity, doubling, self-replication, marriage, class

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .