Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century

  title={Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century},
  author={A. Henchman},
  journal={Nineteenth-Century Contexts},
  pages={297 - 299}
  • A. Henchman
  • Published 2014
  • History
  • Nineteenth-Century Contexts
The Woman in White, far from inducing “thoughtless submission” (196) to Collins’s design, teaches the reader “to question, guess, and speculate in our passionate pursuit of the truth” (202). Modeling such critical thinking in the novel’s most attractive characters, Collins makes the unsettling, convention-challenging experience of suspense into a pleasurable and even titillating lesson. The lesson of Narrative Middles, with its consistently well-argued and timely readings, might be that—like a… Expand
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