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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Popular Fiction and Domestic Law: East Lynne, Justice, and the ‘Ordeal of the Undecidable’

Popular Fiction and Domestic Law: East Lynne, Justice, and the ‘Ordeal of the Undecidable’

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(p.196) (p.197) Popular Fiction and Domestic Law: East Lynne, Justice, and the ‘Ordeal of the Undecidable’
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Law and Popular Culture
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Marlene Tromp

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0012

This chapter provides a discussion on the history and influence of popular fiction, specifically sensation novels, on domestic law in England. This type of novel focuses on justice for women and they often have sensational elements that include scandalous plot lines, transgressive heroines, and unresolvable mysteries. This chapter analyses Ellen Wood's 1860 novel East Lynne, one of the best-selling novels of 19th-century England and one which provided a cue for social change.

Keywords:   sensation novels, domestic law, popular fiction, England, justice for women, East Lynne, Ellen Wood

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