Reading Gothic Fiction: A Bakhtinian Approach

Reading Gothic Fiction: A Bakhtinian Approach

by Jacqueline Howard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198119925

ISBN-13: 9780198119920

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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…  See more details below

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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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ISBN-13:
9780198119920
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Theories of the Gothic12
2Women and the Gothic53
3Gothic Sublimity: Ann Radcliffe's the Mysteries of Udolpho106
4Gothic Parody: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Eaton Stannard Barrett's the Heroine145
5Anticlerical Gothic: Matthew Lewis's the Monk183
6Pseudo-Scientific Gothic: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus238
Select Bibliography285
Index303

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