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The Failure of Gothic : Problems of Disjunction in an Eighteenth-Century Literary Form - Elizabeth R. Napier

The Failure of Gothic

Problems of Disjunction in an Eighteenth-Century Literary Form

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The English Gothic novel has recently attracted renewed attention by modern critics who have argued its importance as a mirror of late 18th-century discomfort with the political, psychological, and sexual climate of the times. Elizabeth Napier's work challenges these views, suggesting that the instability of the form may be more successfully addressed through a study of generic structure and its relationship to the designs of the fictional works that preceded it. The first full-length study of narrative conventions in the Gothic, The Failure of Gothic examines the disjunctive form of much Gothic fiction, and its repeated, troubling failure to deal conclusively with both the ethical and the formal issues it raises.

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'Napier's timely, stubborn scepticism will be especially welcome to serious students of the English novel, because her book promises to restore a sense of critical proportion to a discussion which has too often shrugged it off.' Chris Baldick, The Times Literary Supplement 'Napier communicates throughout in a clear, direct prose style, aided by a freedom from typographical error and, greatly easing comprehension, by the use of footnotes rather than endnotes.' Barry Roth, Ohio University, Notes and Queries 'Elizabeth Napier proves herself to be a sensitive and discriminating reader/writer ... she is fully persuasive and her book is an important contribution to the study of the literary aesthetics operative within Gothic fiction of the late eighteenth century' British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Techniques of Closure and Restraintp. 9
Techniques of Destabilization and Excessp. 44
Frenzy: The Castle of Otrantop. 73
Attractive Persecution: The Mysteries of Udolphop. 100
Cross-Purposes: The Monkp. 112
Villainy: The Italianp. 133
Epiloguep. 147
Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9780198128601
ISBN-10: 0198128606
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 12th February 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36