Boyle, Thomas. Black Swine in the Sewers of Hampstead: Beneath the Surface of Victorian Sensationalism. New York: Viking, 1989, 273 p.
Discusses the Sensation Novel and its relationship to the cultural, social and political life of Victorian times.
Cvetkovich, Ann. Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992, 227 p.
Examines female characters, their roles in regard to emotion and behavior, and the way these roles are woven into the Sensation Novel. Focuses on Lady Audley's Secret, The Woman in White, East Lynne and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda.
Edwards, P. D. Some Mid-Victorian Thrillers: The Sensation Novel, Its Friends and Its Foes. St. Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1971, 34p.
Offers an overview of the Sensation Novel, discussing particularly The Woman in White, East Lynne and Lady Audley 's Secret each in its own right as well as in comparison to other novels often categorized as "Sensational."
Reed, John R. Victorian Conventions. Ohio University Press, 1975, 561 p.
Provides a chapter on each of several main conventions of the Sensation Novel.
Taylor, Jenny Bourne. In the Secret Theatre of Home: Wilkie Collins, Sensation Narrative, and Nineteenth-Century Psychology. London: Routledge, 1988, 306 p.
Examines Collins' work and its place in Victorian times and the sensation genre.