The Lady in White: Form and Content


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Essay #: 067575
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The Lady in White: Form and Content
It is the position of this paper that Collis’ methodology supports the argument that form really impacts the content of a novel. Collins’ serialized novel was a ‘sensationalized’ novel. While serialization was consistent with the practice of his era, the sensational novel had earned a reputation of being literarily inferior. “…Because of its treatment of scandalous domestic situations and its supposed appeal to physical and emotional sensations rather than to higher rational faculties, the ‘sensation novel’ became the exemplary case by which the corrupting influence of ‘low’ art could be distinguished from the elevating effect of ‘high’ art in mid-nineteenth-century England.” (Richetti 480) Collins,...
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.....ay be cruel, and may make me say good-by to it forever.’” (Collins 69) This unfolding tragedy is told with elements of descriptive gestures and well chosen, evocative words.
To conclude, the above elements support the position of this paper, that form really impacts the content. Collins is a writer who took a story that could be anyone’s life, and, as if he were a curious soul, took a look at that story from the perspective of those closest to its telling.
Works Cited
Collins, Wilkie. The Woman in White. London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1863.
Richetti, John J. The Columbia History of the British Novel. United States: Columbia University Press, 1994.
Trotter, David. The English Novel in History, 1895-2920. New York: Routledge, 1993.