In suspense : suspense fiction and sensational publicity in the British fin de siècle
Bailey, Matthew Richard
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Emerging from the epistemological failure of realism and the cultural diffusion of sensation fiction, narrative suspense during the British fin de sièle was characterized by its extensibility - its ability to affectively model the public's feelings on a wide variety of unrelated phenomena. I contrast the extensibility of suspense during this time with degeneracy discourse, demonstrating the ability of the former to sidestep degeneracy's rationalistic limitations. Extensible suspense inverted the realist ideal of scientific detachment, tending instead to reflect and incite readerly feelings of dilemma, paradox, and disidentification.
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