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Reading Gothic Fiction : A Bakhtinian Approach - Jacqueline Howard

Reading Gothic Fiction

A Bakhtinian Approach

Hardcover Published: 7th April 1994
ISBN: 9780198119920
Number Of Pages: 592

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This is the first full-length study of Gothic to be written from the perspective of Bakhtinian theory.
Dr Howard uses Bakhtin's concepts of heteroglossia and dialogism in specific historical analyses of key works of the genre. Her discussions of Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho, Matthew Lewis's The Monk, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein demonstrate that the discursive ambiguity of these novels is not inherently subversive, but that the political force of particular discourses is contingent upon their interaction with other discourses in the reading process. This position enables the author to intervene in feminist discussions of Gothic, which have claimed it as a specifically female genre. Dr Howard suggests a way in which feminists can appropriate Bakhtin to make politically effective readings, while acknowledging that these readings do not exhaust the novels' possibilities of meaning and reception.
Drawing on the most up-to-date debates in literary theory, this is a sophisticated and scholarly analysis of a genre that has consistently challenged literary criticism.

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`claims to be - and is - `the first full-length study of Gothic to be written from the perspective of Bakhtinian theory' Romanticism 1.2 `Howard's learned and illuminating discussion of the German influences on The Monk and its relationship to eighteenth-century writings on the sublime and picturesque is presented as an analysis of the discursive practices which shape its textual dialogism ... an insight of great value to Gothic studies.' John Strachan, University of Sunderland, British Journal for Eighteenth-century Studies, Vol. 19, Part 1, Spring 1996 `In textual analysis, Reading Gothic Fiction is detailed and consistent.' Timothy Morton, University of Colorado at Boulder, The Wordsworth Circle, Aug '96

Introductionp. 1
Theories of the Gothicp. 12
Women and the Gothicp. 53
Gothic Sublimity: Ann Radcliffe's the Mysteries of Udolphop. 106
Gothic Parody: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Eaton Stannard Barrett's the Heroinep. 145
Anticlerical Gothic: Matthew Lewis's the Monkp. 183
Pseudo-Scientific Gothic: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheusp. 238
Select Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780198119920
ISBN-10: 0198119925
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 7th April 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 14.28  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53

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