The Bigamy Plot: Sensation and Convention in the Victorian Novel
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Cambridge University Press, 2015
From sensational plots to “simultaneous” remarriages in such classic literature as Jane Eyre, David Copperfield and Middlemarch, bigamy in Victorian novels is a surprisingly prevalent narrative phenomenon. In the first extended study on this topic McAleavey’s book fills a key gap in the history of the Victorian novel and revises the view that links its narrative structure to courtship and marriage, which have dominated accounts of these works.