Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Michael Lund, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Martha E. Cook, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kathleen T. Flanagan, Ph.D.


This explores the “sensation novels”, Lady Audley’s Secret and Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon during the Victorian Era. These “sensation novels” ushered in characters that were not who they seemed to be which evoked mystery in the story. Braddon also centered on the idea of not relying on a woman’s appearance but rather seeing the woman as she truly is.



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