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Secondary Reading Suggestions Term 1


Starting Points for Secondary Reading

Charles Dickens

Philip Collins, Dickens and Crime (Macmillan, 1962)

Juliet John, Dickens’s Villains (OUP, 2003)

Lillian Nayder, Unequal Partners: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Victorian Authorship (Cornell UP, 2002)

Jeremy Tambling, ‘Prison-Bound: Dickens and Foucault’, Essays in Criticism (1986) 36 (1): 11-31.

Wilkie Collins

Jenny Bourne Taylor, The Cambridge Companion to Wilkie Collins (CUP, 200), including –

Chapter 10: Lillian Nayder, ‘Collins and Empire’

Melissa Free, ‘“Dirty Linen”: Legacies of Empire in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone’, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 48:4 (2006) 340-371.

Lyn Pykett, Wilkie Collins (Oxford World’s Classics, 2005)

Tamara Wagner, ‘“Overpowering Vitality”: Nostalgia and Men of Sensiblity in the Fiction of Wilkie Collins’, Modern Language Quarterly, 63:4 (2002) 471-500

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Lives of Victorian Literary Figures – Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, William Thackery by their Contempories (Pickering & Chatto, 2007)

Gilbert, Disease, Desire and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels (CUP, 1997)

Trompt, Gilbert, Haynie, Beyond Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context (New York University Press, 2000)

RL Wolff, Sensational Victorian: The Life and Fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Garland, 1979)


Arthur Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes

Barsham, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Making of Masculinity (Ashgate, 2000)

Doyle, Lellenberg, Stashower, Foley, Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters (Penguin, 2007)

Lycett, The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Free Press, 2008)

Yumna Siddiqi, Anxieties of Empire and the Fiction of Intrigue (Columbia UP, 2008)

Keep & Randall, ‘Addition, Empire and Narrative in Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four’, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, vol. 32, no. 2, (Spring 1999) 207-221.


Nick Rance, ‘The Immorally Rich and the Richly Immoral: Raffles and the Plutocracy’, in Clive Bloom ed. Twentieth-Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age (Macmillan, 1990)

M Tozer, ‘A sacred trinity - cricket, school, empire: EW Hornung and his Young Guard’, in J.A.A. Mangan ed. The cultural bond: sport, empire and society (Frank Cass, 1992)

George Orwell, ‘Raffles and Miss Blandish’, in George Orwell: Essays (Penguin, 2000), 257-268.

General Crime Fiction Secondary Texts:

Auden, W.H. The Guilty Vicarage (1963);

Bell, Ian and Daldry, Graham (eds)., Watching the Detectives (1990);

Barnard, Robert., A Talent to Deceive (1980);

Bird, Delys (ed.), Killing Women (1993); Botting, Fred, Gothic (2001);

Browne, Ray and Kreiser, Lawrence The Detective as Historian (2000);

Cawelti, John G., Adventure, Mystery, and Romance (1976);

Earwaker, Julian and Becker, Kathleen, Scene of the Crime (2002);

Fiske, John, Understanding Popular Culture (1992);

Foucault, Michele, Discipline and Punish (1991) and Power/Knowledge (1980);

Priestman, Martin (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction (2003), Detective Fiction and Literature (1990), Crime Fiction (1998);

Klaus, Gustav and Knight, Stephen (eds), The Art of Murder (1998);

Knight, Stephen, Form and Ideology in Crime Fiction (1988), Crime Fiction 1800-2000 (2004); Light, Alison, Forever England (1991);

Malmgren, Carl, Anatomy of a Murder (2001);

Mandel, Ernst, Delightful Murder (1984);

Maunders, Andrew, Victorian Crime, Madeness and Sensation (Ashgate, 2004)

Most, Glenn and Stowe, William (eds), The Poetics of Murder (1983);

Munt, Sally, Murder by the Book;

Mukherjee, Pablo, Crime and Empire (2003);

Orwell, George, The Decline of English Murder and Other Essays (1944);

Plain, Gill, Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction (2001);

Porter, Dennis, The Pursuit of Crime (1981);

Reddy, Maureen, Sisters in Crime (1988);

Rodensky, Lisa, The Crime in the Mind (OUP, 2003)

Roth, Marty, Foul and Fair Play (1995);

Walker, Ronald and Frazer, June (eds), The Cunning Craft (1990)