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Module Reading List

Fictions of Fallen Women, 1850-1922, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Katy Mullin
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Primary Reading

Elizabeth Gaskell, 'Lizzie Leigh' (1850) - Available online: https://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/EG-Lizzie.html

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)

Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret (1862)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 'Jenny' (1870) [supplied through VLE]

Henry James, Daisy Miller (1879)

Augusta Webster, ‘The Castaway’ (1870) and Amy Levy ‘Magdalen’ (1884) [supplied through VLE].

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)

Grant Allen, The Woman Who Did (1895)

James Joyce, ‘Eveline’ (1904), ‘The Boarding House’ (1905) and ‘Two Gallants’ (1905) in Dubliners (1914)

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Secondary Reading

Nancy Armstrong, Desire and domestic fiction : a political history of the novel (1987)

Amanda Anderson, Tainted souls and painted faces : the rhetoric of fallenness in Victorian culture (1993)

Regina Barreca (ed), Sex and death in Victorian literature, (1990).

Charles Bernheimer, Figures of ill repute : representing prostitution in nineteenth-century France (1989)

Bram Dijkstra, Idols of perversity : fantasies of feminine evil in fin-de-siècle culture (1986)

Penny Boumelha, Thomas Hardy and women: sexual ideology and narrative form (1982)

Deborah Logan, Fallenness in Victorian women's writing : marry, stitch, die, or do worse (1998)

Marie Maclean, The name of the mother : writing illegitimacy (1994)

Josephine McDonagh, Child murder and British culture, 1720-1900 (2000)

Paul McHugh, Prostitution and Victorian social reform (1980)

Sally Mitchell, The fallen angel : chastity, class, and women's reading, 1835-1880, (1981)

Mary Papke, Verging on the abyss : the social fiction of Kate Chopin and Edith Wharton (1990)

Deborah Parsons, Streetwalking the metropolis : women, the city, and modernity (2000)

Lyn Pykett, The "improper" feminine : the women's sensation novel and the new woman writing (1992)

- The sensation novel : from The woman in white to The moonstone (1994)

Judith Rowbotham, Good girls make good wives : guidance for girls in Victorian fiction (1989)

Elaine Showalter, Sexual anarchy : gender and culture at the fin de siècle (1992)

Naomi Segal, The adulteress's child : authorship and desire in the nineteenth-century novel (1992)

Hugh Stevens, Henry James and sexuality (1998)

Marlene Tromp et al (ed), Beyond sensation : Mary Elizabeth Braddon in context (2000)

Judith Walkowitz, Prostitution and Victorian Society: Women, Class and the State (1980)

- City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (1992)

George Watt, The fallen woman in the nineteenth-century English novel (1984)

Elizabeth Wilson, The sphinx in the city : urban life, the control of disorder, and women (1991)

- Adorned in Dreams (1984)

Tom Winnifrith, Fallen women in the nineteenth-century novel (1994)

Deborah Wynne, The sensation novel and the Victorian family magazine (2001)


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Cicily Devereaux, “'The Maiden Tribute' and the Rise of the White Slave in the Nineteenth Century: The Making of an Imperial Construct”, Victorian Review 2000; 26(2): 1-23.

Emma Liggins, “Prostitution and Social Purity in the 1880s and 1890s”, Critical Survey (2003), 15(3): 39-55. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Nelson, Raymond S.: "'Mrs. Warren's Profession' and English prostitution." Journal of modern literature. (2) 357-66. (1972)

Mariana Valverde, "The Love of Finery: Fashion and The Fallen Woman in Nineteenth-Century Social Discourse" Victorian studies. 32 (1989): 169-88.

Gates, Sarah.: "`The sound of the scythe being whetted': gender, genre, and realism in Adam Bede." Studies in the novel. (30:1) 1998, 20-34.

Christine Krueger, "Literary defenses and medical prosecutions: representing infanticide in nineteenth-century Britain." Victorian studies. (40:2) 1997, 271-94. (1997)

Marck, Nancy Anne.: "Narrative transference and female narcissism: the social message of Adam Bede." Studies in the novel. (35:4) 2003, 447-70. (2003)

Nemesvari, Richard, "Robert Audley's secret: male homosocial desire in Lady Audley's Secret." Studies in the novel. (27:4) 1995, 515-28. (1995).

Skaggs, Carmen Trammell.: "Looking through the opera glasses: performance and artifice in The Age of Innocence." Mosaic : a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature. (37:1) 2004, 49-61. (2004)

Voskuil, Lynn M, "Acts of madness: Lady Audley and the meanings of Victorian femininity." Feminist Studies. (27:3) 2001, 611-39. (2001)

Witherow, Jean.: "A dialectic of deception: Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence." Mosaic : a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature. (36:3) 2003, 165-80. (2003)

This list was last updated on 16/01/2018