Ellen B. Rosenman
- University of Kentucky
This project analyzes Victorian penny dreadfuls—cheap, sensational fiction designed for Victorian working class readers—as both aesthetically and ideologically significant. These works protest the marginalization of the working-class and depict massive redistributions of power in their implausible plots, organizing the utopian aspirations of popular politics into compelling and accessible fantasies. In spite of their wide circulation, they have received almost no scholarly attention.