Reality's Dark Light

The Sensational Wilkie Collins

  • Author(s): Bachman, Maria K., and Don Richard Cox, eds.
  • Series: Tenn Studies Literature
  • Imprint: Univ Tennessee Press
  • Publication Date: 2003-10-28
  • Status: Active
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In the midst of a Victorian culture ingrained with strict social etiquette and societal norms, Wilkie Collins composed novels that contained asocial, even anarchic, impulses. A contemporary of Dickens, Collins creates a world more Kafkaesque than Dickensian, a world populated by doppelgangers, secret selves, oddballs, and grotesques.

The essays of Reality’s Dark Light: The Sensational Wilkie Collins purposefully work to expand Collins’s legacy beyond The Woman in White and The Moonstone; they move well past the simplistic view of Collins’s works as “sensation novels,” “detective novels,” or even “popular fiction,” all labels that carry with them pejorative connotations. This collection represents the range of Collins’s aesthetic project from various critical perspectives. New methodological and theoretical approaches are applied both to him most popular and to his lesser-known works, giving the reader a broader picture of this multifaceted and undervalued writer

The Editors: Maria K. Bachman was an assistant professor of English at Coastal Carolina University. Her articles appeared in Victorian Newsletter, Literature and Psychology, The Dickensian, and Dickens Studies Annual. Don Richard Cox is professor of English emeritus and was associate dean at the University of Tennessee. His books include Sexuality and Victorian Literature (Tennessee), Arthur Conan Doyle, and Charles Dickens’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood: An Annotated Bibliography. He is the coeditor, with Maria Bachman, of an edition of Wilkie Collins’s final novel, Blind Love.