publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Strategie del patetico e interludi circensi in Hide and Seek di Wilkie Collins

De Giovanni, Flora;
Open Access Italian
  • Published: 21 Feb 2014
  • Publisher: Roma : Carocci
  • Country: Italy
Starting from Victor Turner’s definitions of cultural performance and liminoid phenomena, the essay aims to analyse Wilkie Collins’s third novel, Hide and Seek (1854), which seems to be a sort of survey of the pastimes Victorian England allowed itself in the age of the increasing commodification of leisure. Though not a proper sensation novel (the genre for which Collins became famous in the 1860s), Hide and Seek draws on the conventions of melodrama, which, as Peter Brook convincingly argues, exerted a powerful influence on 19th century fiction. And, after the fashion of the melodrama, it deals with the disclosure of the secret origins of Mary Grice, a deaf and...
free text keywords: Wilkie Collins, Melodrama, Circus
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