Scarlet and the Beast 04 - From England to France

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10. Qtd in Mitchell, Edward Bulwer Lytton, p. 58. On the contrary, in a letter to Edward Bulwer Lytton dated December 1862, Braddon expresses her gratitude to him: ‘I can scarcely tell you how much it flatters and pleases me to think that you will take the trouble to read my very feeble attempts in that rank of literature which you have led so long & gloriously’ (qtd in Wolff, ‘“Devoted Disciple”’, p. 10). 11. Letter dated May 1863, ‘“Devoted Disciple’”, p. 14. 12. Genette, Paratexts, p. 2. 13.

Braddon’s novel becomes an example of those fictions Ellen Moers labels as ‘Female Gothic’, which feature the emergence of a female narrative subject in search of her autonomous identity against patriarchal institutions. Braddon’s reversal of conventions is more emblematic if we bear in mind Michelle A. 10 On the contrary, in Lady Audley’s Secret it is the isolated setting that allows Lady Audley better to conceal her secrets. The novel opens with the image of Audley Court, described as a sheltered and ‘peaceful’ place.

18. See Derrida, ‘The Law of Genre’. Thomas O. Beebe opens his analysis on the instability of literary genres saying that ‘[as] a form of ideology, genre is never fully identical with itself, nor are texts fully identical with their genres. Furthermore, if genre is a form of ideology, then the struggle against or the deviations from genre are ideological struggles’ (The Ideology of Genre, p. 19). For John Flow, ‘Far from being merely “stylistic” devices, genres create effects of reality and truth, authority and plausibility [.

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