Throughout this study, I have argued that Reade’s work in particular and sensation fiction in general present a significant alternative to what often seems like a monolithic presentation of Victorian values in nineteenth-century British fiction. As DA. Miller has shown, the Victorian novel can often be read as complicit with the trappings of power. And although I disagree with Miller regarding many aspects of the sensation novel, I identify an area of complicity in those parts of Reade’s works that touch on race and colonialism. More than most Victorian authors, Reade portrays racialized characters and colonial locales, in works such as It Is Never Too Late to Mend, Hard Cash, The Wandering Heir, and A Simpleton.
KeywordsAboriginal People Colonial Locale Colonial Project Colonial Subject Racialized Character
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