Sensation Fiction

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Sensation fiction was the leading genre of the 1860s into the 1870s. It was both wildly popular and critically denigrated. Most sensation fiction was originally serialized in weekly or monthly magazines, often with formulaic plots involving domestic scandals and mystery. Sensation fiction drew on pre-existing genres such as the Gothic and, as popular fiction, drew criticism for its mass production. Although it had prominent male contributors, the genre was widely associated with women writers and a female readership.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing
EditionLiving Edition
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2019


  • Serialization, Domestic novels, Literary market place, Transgressive fiction
  • Gothic
  • popular fiction


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