Congratulations to Dr Joanna Hofer-Robinson on the publication of 'Sensation Drama, 1860–1880: An Anthology'

4 Jun 2019

A new anthology of late nineteenth-century sensation drama published by Edinburgh University Press

The School of English is delighted to announce the publication of Sensation Drama, 1860–1880: An Anthologyedited by our own Dr Joanna Hofer-Robinson and Dr Beth Palmer (University of Surrey).

This pioneering edition provides access to some of the most popular plays of the nineteenth century. Characterised by exhilarating plots, large-scale special effects and often transgressive characterisation, these dramas are still exciting for modern readers. This anthology lays the foundation for further scholarly work on sensation drama and focuses public attention on to this influential and immensely popular genre. It features five plays from writers including Dion Boucicault and Mary Elizabeth Braddon. These are supported by a substantial critical apparatus, which adds further value to the anthology by providing rich details on performance history and textual variants. The critical introduction situates the genre in its cultural context and argues for the significance of sensation drama to shifting theatrical cultures and practices.

For more information on the collection, see the Edinburgh University Press website:

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