Clues: A Journal of Detection
Considering Vera Caspary's Bedelia as a reimagining of Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret allows for a new critical interpretation that refutes the typical view of Bedelia as reinforcing traditional gender roles. Instead, Caspary critiques World War II America by bringing Victorian concerns with female roles into the twentieth century.
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Vorachek, Laura, "Dangerous Women: Vera Caspary’s Rewriting of 'Lady Audley’s Secret' in 'Bedelia'" (2010). English Faculty Publications. 3.
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