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Title: Victorian Psychology in Sensation and New Woman Fiction
Author: Daniels, Laura Allison
ISNI:       0000 0001 3404 1853
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2007
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My thesis takes as its basic premise that questions ofidentity are crucial to the genres of Sensation and New Woman fiction and explores how authors such as Wilkie Collins, MaryElizabeth Braddon, Sarah Grand, Mona Caird and George Egerton integrated contemporary theories about the self into their fiction. My first chapter considers how Sensation fiction mirrored the growing scientific belief that physiognomy, like phrenology before it, was ofno assistance in helping to either identify the self or diagnose mental disorder before tracing the way in which New . . Woman fiction also took such a position. My second chapter considers the way in which Sensation fiction represented the embodied self, charting the way in which the genre appropriated the tenets of eighteenth century psychology - that ofphrenology and association psychology - and the mid nineteenth century physiological psychology in order to do so. My fmal chapter examines the way in which Sensation fiction and New Woman fiction draw on the concept ofthe will within mid nineteenth century psychological discourse in order to represent the self. This work is based in New Historicist methodology and an immersion in textual detail.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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