Popular Fiction and Domestic Law: East Lynne, Justice, and the 'Ordeal of the Undecidable'

Marlene Tromp

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Abstract

This chapter provides a discussion on the history and influence of popular fiction, specifically sensation novels, on domestic law in England. This type of novel focuses on justice for women and they often have sensational elements that include scandalous plot lines, transgressive heroines, and unresolvable mysteries. This chapter analyses Ellen Wood's 1860 novel East Lynne, one of the best-selling novels of 19th-century England and one which provided a cue for social change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLaw and Popular Culture
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191699603
ISBN (Print)9780199272235
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

Keywords

  • Domestic law
  • East lynne
  • Ellen wood
  • Justice for women
  • Popular fiction, England
  • Sensation novels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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