Lisa Surridge is associate professor of English at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She is coeditor of Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Aurora Floyd and has published on Victorian fiction in many journals, including Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Review, Dickens Studies Annual, Victorian Newsletter, and Victorians Institute Journal.
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In the early 1800s, books were largely unillustrated. By the 1830s and 1840s, however, innovations in wood- and steel-engraving techniques changed how Victorian readers consumed and conceptualized fiction. A new type of novel was born, often published in serial form, one that melded text and image as partners in meaning-making.
“Leighton and Surridge do a magnificent job of illuminating the surprisingly important role of illustrations in serial fiction and challenging some of the assumptions that have dominated scholarly understanding of the serial novel. Building on a rich and growing body of scholarship on serial fiction, The Plot Thickens shows that attending to illustrations has the potential to transform our understanding of how Victorian readers consumed novels in parts.”
Mary Jean Corbett, author of Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf
The Offenses Against the Person Act of 1828 opened magistrates' courts to abused working-class wives. Newspapers in turn reported on these proceedings, and in this way the Victorian scrutiny of domestic conduct began. But how did popular fiction treat “private” family violence? Bleak Houses: Marital Violence in Victorian Fiction traces novelists' engagement with the wife-assault debates in the public press between 1828 and the turn of the century.
"Professor Surridge exhibits a clear and persuasive historical sense as well as sensitivity to the novels and stories. I believe this study will have lasting value because of its careful historical research and corresponding interpretation of the texts."
Naomi Wood, Kansas State University