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Mary Elizabeth Braddon and the Penny Blood
Mark Bennett

This article considers the exploration of Gothic genericity within two of Mary Elizabeth Braddon‘s neglected penny blood fictions. It observes the way in which genericity comes to be associated with the Gothic as the supposedly disruptive influence of popular literatures is countered by Victorian reviewers. These emphasise such texts’ genericity in order to contain their influence and separate them from superior readerships and literature which is held to transcend generic limitations. Braddon‘s bloods explore this implicit association between the Gothic and genericity and suggest that the latter – identified in terms of the Gothic‘s status as an ephemeral commodity in the penny blood genre – actually enhances rather than limits, the Gothic‘s agency.

Gothic Studies
The Datchet Diamonds
Victoria Margree

. Höglund (1905; Kansas City, MO: Valancourt, 2010), pp. vii–xviii (p. xii).  5 R. Marsh, The Crime and the Criminal (London: Ward, Lock, [1897]), pp. 342–3.  6 See also C. Clarke, Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), esp. pp. 1–12.  7 See L. Horsley, Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), esp. pp. 18–20.  8 Horsley, Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction, pp. 18–20.  9 Conan Doyle quoted from his 1924 autobiography in R. Bleiler, ‘Raffles: the gentleman thief’, in Strand Magazine, at

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915
Emma Liggins

Christina Rossetti: ‘Maude’, ed. Showalter, pp. 57, 52–3. This essay first appeared in Longman’s Magazine in 1883. The first Anglican sisterhood was founded in Regents Park in 1845. 141 Cobbe, ‘Celibacy v. Marriage’, quoted in Hamilton (ed.), Criminals, Idiots, Women and Minors, p. 81. 142 Craik, ‘On Sisterhoods’, in Christina Rossetti: ‘Maude’, ed. Showalter, p. 52. 143 Nadine Muller, ‘Dead Husbands and Deviant Women: Investigating the Detective Widow in Neo-Victorian Crime Fiction’, Clues 30:1 (2012), 99–109 (p. 100). 144 The low average income meant that ‘many

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