The sensation novel was a literary genre of fiction popular in Great Britain in the 1860s and 1870s, following on from earlier melodramatic novels and the Newgate novels, which focused on tales woven around criminal biographies. It also drew on the gothic and romantic genres of fiction. The sensation novel's appearance notably follows the Industrial Revolution, which made books available on a mass scale for people of all social standings and increased the sensation novel's popularity. Sensation novels used both modes of romance and realism to the extreme where in the past they had traditionally been contradictory modes of literature. The sensation novelists commonly wrote stories that were allegorical and abstract; the abstract nature of the stories gave the authors room to explore scenari

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  • The sensation novel was a literary genre of fiction popular in Great Britain in the 1860s and 1870s, following on from earlier melodramatic novels and the Newgate novels, which focused on tales woven around criminal biographies. It also drew on the gothic and romantic genres of fiction. The sensation novel's appearance notably follows the Industrial Revolution, which made books available on a mass scale for people of all social standings and increased the sensation novel's popularity. Sensation novels used both modes of romance and realism to the extreme where in the past they had traditionally been contradictory modes of literature. The sensation novelists commonly wrote stories that were allegorical and abstract; the abstract nature of the stories gave the authors room to explore scenarios that wrestled with the social anxieties of the Victorian Era. The loss of identity is seen in many sensation fiction stories because this was a common social anxiety; in Britain, there was an increased use in record keeping and therefore people questioned the meaning and permanence of identity. The social anxiety regarding identity is reflected in novels such as The Woman in White and Lady Audley's Secret. The genre of sensation fiction was established by the publications of the following novels: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins in 1859; East Lynne by Ellen Wood in 1861; Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon in 1862. Perhaps the earliest use of the term, sensation fiction, as a name for such novels appears in the 1861 edition of the Saunders, Otley, & co.'s Literary Budget. The neo-Victorian novel of New Zealand author Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries, which won the 2013 Man Booker Prize, has been described as being heavily based on sensation literature, with its plot devices of "suspect wills and forged documents, secret marriages, illegitimacy and opium". (en)
  • Le roman à sensation est un genre littéraire né dans la deuxième moitié du XIXe siècle en Grande-Bretagne. Ce genre littéraire est une évolution des romans mélodramatiques, qui utilisaient un ensemble de personnages stéréotypés, et des romans Newgate, qui avaient pour thème principal la vie de célèbres criminels. East Lynne de Ellen Wood's, paru en 1861, fut le premier roman à être étiqueté comme roman à sensation par la critique. Le courant comprend trois auteurs majeurs : Ellen Woods, Wilkie Collins (La Femme en blanc, 1859; La Pierre de lune, 1868) et Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Le secret de Lady Audley, 1862). Les romans à sensation avaient pour thèmes des sujets choquants comme l'adultère, le vol, l'enlèvement, la bigamie, la fabrication de fausse monnaie, la séduction et le meurtre. Le genre se distinguait des autres mouvements de l'époque, comme le mouvement Gothique, par l'utilisation de ces thèmes dans un contexte domestique, voire familial, allant ainsi à l'encontre de l'idée largement répandue à l'époque victorienne que les événements sensationnels étaient totalement étrangers à la vie confortable des classes moyennes qui composaient la plus grande partie du lectorat de l'époque. William S. Gilbert fit une satire du genre en 1871 avec son opéra comique A Sensation Novel. (fr)
  • Powieść sensacyjna - gatunek literacki wywodzący się m.in. ze średniowiecznych rycerskich romansów, od XIX wieku stanowiący jeden z typowych gatunków literatury rozrywkowej. (pl)
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  • Powieść sensacyjna - gatunek literacki wywodzący się m.in. ze średniowiecznych rycerskich romansów, od XIX wieku stanowiący jeden z typowych gatunków literatury rozrywkowej. (pl)
  • The sensation novel was a literary genre of fiction popular in Great Britain in the 1860s and 1870s, following on from earlier melodramatic novels and the Newgate novels, which focused on tales woven around criminal biographies. It also drew on the gothic and romantic genres of fiction. The sensation novel's appearance notably follows the Industrial Revolution, which made books available on a mass scale for people of all social standings and increased the sensation novel's popularity. Sensation novels used both modes of romance and realism to the extreme where in the past they had traditionally been contradictory modes of literature. The sensation novelists commonly wrote stories that were allegorical and abstract; the abstract nature of the stories gave the authors room to explore scenari (en)
  • Le roman à sensation est un genre littéraire né dans la deuxième moitié du XIXe siècle en Grande-Bretagne. Ce genre littéraire est une évolution des romans mélodramatiques, qui utilisaient un ensemble de personnages stéréotypés, et des romans Newgate, qui avaient pour thème principal la vie de célèbres criminels. East Lynne de Ellen Wood's, paru en 1861, fut le premier roman à être étiqueté comme roman à sensation par la critique. Le courant comprend trois auteurs majeurs : Ellen Woods, Wilkie Collins (La Femme en blanc, 1859; La Pierre de lune, 1868) et Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Le secret de Lady Audley, 1862). (fr)
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  • Sensation novel (en)
  • Roman à sensation (fr)
  • Powieść sensacyjna (pl)
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